What Should You Ask Your Doctor About Nasal Cavity or Paranasal Sinus Cancer?

As you cope with cancer and cancer treatment, we encourage you to have honest, open discussions with your doctor. Ask any question on your mind, no matter how small it might seem. Here are some questions you might want to ask. Nurses, social workers, and other members of the treatment team may also be able to answer many of your questions.

  • What kind of nasal cavity or paranasal sinus cancer do I have?
  • Where is my cancer located?
  • Has my cancer spread beyond the primary site?
  • What is the stage of my cancer, and what does that mean?
  • Do I need to have other tests before we can decide on treatment?
  • Are there other doctors I need to see?
  • How much experience do you have treating this type of cancer?
  • What treatment choices do I have?
  • What do you recommend and why?
  • What is the goal of the treatment?
  • What are the chances my cancer can be cured with treatment?
  • How quickly do we need to decide on treatment?
  • What should I do to be ready for treatment?
  • How long will treatment last? What will be done? Where will it be done?
  • How would treatment affect my daily activities?
  • What risks or side effects should I expect? How long are they likely to last?
  • How will this treatment affect my appearance?
  • What options for reconstruction of the defects do I have?
  • What if the treatment doesn’t work or if the cancer recurs?
  • What type of follow-up will I need after treatment?
  • Where can I find more information and support?

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 you can plan your work or activity schedule. Or you may want to ask about second opinions or about clinical trials for which you may qualify.

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Last Medical Review: April 22, 2014 Last Revised: August 8, 2016

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