Stomach Cancer Overview

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Talking With Your Doctor TOPICS

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

As you cope with cancer and cancer treatment, you need to have honest, open talks with your doctor. 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 your health care team may also be able to answer many of your questions.

  • Would you please write down the exact type of stomach cancer I have?
  • Where in my stomach is the cancer?
  • What is the stage of my cancer? What does that mean in my case?
  • Do I need any other tests?
  • 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 suggest and why?
  • How long will treatment last? What will it involve? Where will it be done?
  • What is the goal of this treatment (to cure the cancer, slow its growth, ease symptoms, etc.)?
  • What risks or side effects are there to the treatment you suggest? How long are they likely to last?
  • Are there any clinical trials I should think about now?
  • How could treatment affect my daily life? Will it affect the way I eat?
  • What is my expected survival rate, based on my cancer as you see it?
  • What are the chances of the cancer coming back after treatment?
  • What would my options be if the treatment doesn’t work or if the cancer recurs?
  • What should I do to get ready for treatment?
  • What type of follow-up will I need after treatment?

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: 05/27/2014
Last Revised: 02/10/2016