What Should You Ask Your Doctor About Gestational Trophoblastic Disease?

It is important to have honest open discussions with your medical team. You should feel free to ask any question, no matter how minor it might seem. Among the questions you might want to ask are:

  • What kind of gestational trophoblastic disease do I have?
  • Has the cancer spread beyond my uterus?
  • Can the stage of my cancer be determined and what does that mean? What is my prognostic score?
  • How much experience do you have treating this type of disease?
  • Are there hospital centers that specialize in the treatment of this disease?
  • What are my treatment choices? Which do you recommend? Why?
  • Am I eligible for a clinical trial?
  • Does one type of treatment reduce the risk of recurrence more than another?
  • What are the side effects and other risks of each treatment?
  • How will you monitor my response to treatment?
  • Based on what you've learned about my cancer, what are my chances of being cured?
  • What should I do to be ready for treatment?
  • How long will it take me to recover from treatment?
  • When can I go back to work after treatment?
  • How soon after treatment can I have sex? Will I need to use birth control?
  • What are the chances that my cancer will come back (recur)? What would we do if this happens?
  • Will a specialist in gynecologic oncology be involved in my care?
  • Will I be able to have a normal pregnancy later on?
  • How soon after treatment can I get pregnant?

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Last Medical Review: November 21, 2017 Last Revised: November 28, 2017

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