Kidney Cancer (Adult) Renal Cell Carcinoma Overview

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What are some questions I can ask my doctor about kidney cancer?

As you cope with cancer and cancer treatment, 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.

  • Would you please write down the exact kind of kidney cancer I have?
  • Do you think my cancer spread?
  • What is the stage of my cancer, and what does that mean in my case?
  • What treatment choices do I have?
  • What do you recommend and why?
  • What is the goal of this treatment?
  • What are the chances of the cancer coming back with the treatment you recommend?
  • What are the risks or side effects of treatment?
  • Based on what you've learned about my cancer, what is my long-term outlook?
  • What should I do to be ready for treatment?
  • How soon should I be treated?
  • What kind of follow-up will I need after treatment?
  • Are there any clinical trials I should think about?

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Last Medical Review: 11/27/2012
Last Revised: 04/01/2014