Eye Cancer (Melanoma and Lymphoma)

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Talking With Your Doctor TOPICS

What should you ask your doctor about eye cancer?

As you cope with cancer and its treatment, we encourage you to have honest, open discussions with your doctor. Feel free to ask any question on your mind, no matter how small it might seem. Here are some questions you might want to ask. Nurses, social workers, and other members of the treatment team may also be able to answer many of your questions.

  • What kind of eye cancer do I have?
  • Has my cancer spread beyond the eye?
  • What is the stage (extent) of my cancer, and what does that mean?
  • Will I need to have other tests done before we can decide on treatment?
  • Are there other doctors I need to see?
  • How much experience do you have treating this type of cancer?
  • Should I get a second opinion?
  • What treatment choices do I have?
  • What do you recommend and why?
  • What is the goal of my treatment (cure, prolonging life, relieving symptoms, etc.)?
  • What risks or side effects are there to the treatments you suggest? What is the risk of losing vision in the eye from the different treatments?
  • What should I do to be ready for treatment?
  • How long will treatment last? What will it involve? Where will it be done?
  • How will treatment affect my daily activities?
  • What are the chances my cancer will come back (recur) after treatment?
  • What would we do if the treatment doesn’t work or if the cancer recurs?
  • What type of follow-up might I need after treatment?

Along with these sample questions, be sure to write down some of your own. For example, you might want more information about recovery times so you can plan your work or activity schedule. You might also want to ask about clinical trials for which you may qualify. You can find more information about communicating with your health care team in our document Talking With Your Doctor.


Last Medical Review: 09/13/2013
Last Revised: 02/11/2014