It’s important to have honest, open discussions with your cancer care team. You should ask any question, no matter how minor it might seem. Here are some questions you might want to ask:
Once treatment starts, 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 examples, be sure to write down your own questions. For instance, you might need to know more about recovery times so that you can plan your work or school schedule. Or you might want to ask 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 out more about communicating with your health care team, see The Doctor-Patient Relationship.
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Last Revised: May 1, 2018