Stomach Cancer

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Talking With Your Doctor TOPICS

What should you ask your doctor about stomach cancer?

As you cope with cancer and cancer treatment, we encourage you to talk openly with your doctor, nurse, and cancer care team. You should 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 should also be able to answer many of your questions.

  • What kind of stomach cancer do I have?
  • Where is the cancer in my stomach?
  • What is the stage of my cancer, and what does that mean in my case?
  • Are there other tests that need to be done before we can decide on treatment?
  • Will 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 treatment (to cure the cancer, slow its growth, ease symptoms, etc.)?
  • Are there any clinical trials I should think about now?
  • How quickly do we need to decide on treatment?
  • What should I do to be ready for treatment?
  • How long will treatment last? What will it involve? Where will it be done?
  • What risks or side effects are there to the treatments you suggest? How long are they likely to last?
  • How will treatment affect my daily life? Will it affect the way I eat?
  • Based on what you’ve learned about my cancer, what is my prognosis (outlook)?What type of follow-up will I need after treatment?
  • What would my options be if the treatment doesn’t work or if the cancer recurs?
  • Where can I find more information and support?

Along with these sample questions, be sure to write down some of your own. For instance, you might want more information about recovery times, or you might want to ask about getting a second opinion.


Last Medical Review: 02/15/2013
Last Revised: 02/11/2014