It’s important to have honest, open discussions with your cancer care team. They want to answer all of your questions, no matter how minor they might seem. For instance, consider asking these questions:
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 recovery times so that you can plan your work or activity schedule. Or you might ask about clinical trials.
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, might be able to answer some of your questions. See The Doctor-Patient Relationship.
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Last Revised: March 29, 2018