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Questions to Ask About Endometrial Cancer

As you cope with cancer, you need to have honest, open talks with your doctor. You should feel free to ask any question, no matter how small it might seem. Nurses, social workers, and other members of your treatment team may also be able to answer many of your questions. Here are some questions you might want to ask:

When you’re told you have endometrial cancer

When deciding on a treatment plan

  • What treatments might be right for me? What do you recommend? Why?
  • Are there clinical trials that I should think about?
  • What's the goal of treatment?
  • How will you monitor my response to treatment?
  • What should I do to be ready for treatment?
  • What risks or side effects should I expect? (Ask about both short- and long-term side effects.)
  • Will treatment affect my sex life?
  • Will I be able to have children after treatment?
  • What are the chances my cancer will come back (recur) with the treatments we have discussed?
  • Will my health insurance cover treatment? How much will I have to pay?

During treatment

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 asking the ones that do may be helpful.

  • How will we know if the treatment is working?
  • Is there anything I can do to help prevent or manage side effects?
  • What symptoms or side effects should I tell you about right away?
  • How can I reach you on nights, holidays, or weekends?
  • Do I need to change what I eat during treatment?
  • Are there any limits on what I can do?
  • What kind of exercise should I do, and how often?
  • Can I still take hormone replacement therapy?
  • How will I feel during treatment?

After treatment

  • Are there any limits on what I can do?
  • What symptoms should I watch for?
  • What kind of exercise should I do now?
  • What type of follow-up will I need after treatment?
  • How often will I need to have follow-up exams and imaging tests?
  • Will I need any blood tests?
  • How will we know if the cancer has come back? What should I watch for?
  • What will my options be if the cancer comes back?
  • When can I go back to my usual activities at work and/or around the house?

Along with these sample questions, be sure to write down some of your own. For instance, you might want to ask about getting a second opinion, or you may need specific information about how long it might take you to recover so you can plan your work schedule.

Doctors aren’t the only ones who can give you information. Other health care professionals, such as nurses and social workers, can answer a lot of your questions. To find out more about speaking with your health care team, see The Doctor-Patient Relationship.

The American Cancer Society medical and editorial content team

Our team is made up of doctors and oncology certified nurses with deep knowledge of cancer care as well as editors and translators with extensive experience in medical writing.

Last Revised: March 27, 2019

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