It’s important to have honest, open discussions with your cancer care team. You should feel free to ask any question, no matter how small it might seem. Some questions to consider:
Once treatment begins, you’ll need to know what to expect and what to look for. Not all of these questions may apply to you, but getting answers to the ones that do may be helpful.
Along with these sample questions, be sure to write down some of your own. For instance, you might want more information about clinical trials for which you may qualify.
Keep in mind that doctors aren’t the only ones who can give you information. Other health care professionals, such as nurses and social workers, can answer some of your questions. To find more about speaking with your health care team, see The Doctor-Patient Relationship.
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Last Revised: December 1, 2019