Kidney Cancer (Adult) Renal Cell Carcinoma Overview

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Talking With Your Doctor TOPICS

What should I 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, 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. You can find out more about talking with your health care team in our document Talking With Your Doctor.

  • Would you please write down the exact kind of kidney cancer I have?
  • What is the stage of my cancer, and what does that mean in my case?
  • Do I need other tests before we can decide on treatment?
  • Do I need to see other doctors?
  • How much experience do you have treating this type of cancer?
  • What treatment choices do I have?
  • What do you recommend and why?
  • What is the goal of this treatment?
  • Should I get a second opinion? Can you recommend a doctor or cancer center?
  • How soon do I need to start treatment?
  • What should I do to be ready for treatment?
  • How long will treatment last? What will it be like? Where will it be done?
  • What are the risks or side effects of treatment?
  • How long will it take me to recover from treatment?
  • What are the chances of my cancer coming back after treatment? What will we do if that happens?
  • What kind of follow-up will I need after treatment?
  • Are there any clinical trials I should think about?

No doubt you will have other questions. Be sure to write them down so that you remember to ask them during each visit with your cancer care team.

Last Medical Review: 04/29/2014
Last Revised: 01/13/2015