What should you ask your doctor about endometrial cancer?
As you cope with cancer, we encourage you to have honest, open talks with your doctor. Feel free to ask any question that's on your mind, no matter how small it might seem. Here are some questions you might want to ask. Be sure to add your own questions as you think of them. Nurses, social workers, and other members of the treatment team may also be able to answer many of your questions.
- What type and grade of endometrial cancer do I have?
- Has my cancer spread beyond the uterus?
- What is the stage of my cancer and what does that mean in my case?
- What treatments might be right for me? What do you recommend? Why?
- Is there a clinical trial for which I am eligible?
- What is the goal of this treatment?
- How will you monitor my response to treatment?
- What should I do to be ready for treatment?
- What risks or side effects should I expect?
- What are the chances of recurrence of my cancer with the treatment programs we have discussed?
- Should I follow a special diet?
- Will I be able to have children after my treatment?
- What is my expected prognosis, based on my cancer as you view it?
- Does this cancer prevent me from considering estrogen replacement therapy?
- How will I feel during treatment?
- When can I resume my usual activities at work and/or around the house?
In addition to these sample questions, be sure to write down some of your own. For instance, you may need specific information about how long it might take you to recover so you can plan your work schedule. You may also want to ask about second opinions or about clinical trials that might be right for you.
Last Medical Review: 07/25/2012
Last Revised: 01/17/2013