Small Intestine Cancer

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What should you ask your doctor about small intestine adenocarcinoma?

It’s important to have honest, open discussions with your cancer care team. They want to answer all of your questions, no matter how trivial you might think they are. For instance, consider these questions:

  • What is the stage of my cancer and what does that mean for me?
  • Will I need other tests before we consider treatment options?
  • How much experience do you have treating this type of cancer?
  • What are my treatment choices?
  • What do you recommend and why?
  • What is the goal of the treatment?
  • Based on what you’ve learned about my cancer, what is my prognosis?
  • What risks or side effects are there to the treatments you suggest?
  • How will treatment affect my daily activities?
  • What are the chances my cancer will come back with these treatment plans?
  • What should I do to be ready for treatment?
  • What type of follow-up might I need after treatment?

Along with these sample questions, you might write down some of your own. For instance, you might want more information about recovery time so you can plan your work schedule. Or you might want to ask about second opinions or clinical trials.

Last Medical Review: 04/30/2014
Last Revised: 02/09/2016