What Should You Ask Your Doctor About Bone Cancer?
As you cope with cancer and cancer treatment, you need to have honest, open discussions with your doctor. You should be able to ask any question no matter how small it might seem. Nurses, social workers, and other members of the treatment team may also be able to answer many of your questions.
- What kind of bone cancer do I have?
- Has my cancer spread beyond the primary site?
- What is the stage of my cancer and what does that mean?
- What treatment choices do I have?
- What do you recommend and why?
- What risks or side effects are there to the treatments you suggest?
- What are the chances of my cancer coming back with these treatment plans?
- What should I do to be ready for treatment?
- Based on what you’ve learned about my cancer, how long do you think I’ll survive?
In addition to these sample questions, be sure to write down some of your own. For instance, you might want more information about recovery times so that you can plan your work schedule. Or you might want to ask about second opinions or about clinical trials. You can find more information about communicating with your health care team in The Doctor-Patient Relationship.
Last Medical Review: March 21, 2014 Last Revised: January 21, 2016