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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Vaginal Cancer

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It’s important to have honest, open talks with your cancer care team. They want to answer all of your questions, no matter how minor you might think they are. Here are some of the questions you might want to ask:

  • What kind of vaginal cancer do I have?
  • Has the cancer spread beyond my vagina?
  • What’s the stage of the cancer? What does this mean to me?
  • What treatment choices do I have? What do you recommend? Why?
  • What risks and side effects can I expect from treatment?
  • Will I be able to have children after treatment?
  • What should I do to be ready for treatment?
  • Should I follow a special diet?
  • Based on what you’ve learned about my cancer, what’s my prognosis (chances of survival)?
  • What are the chances my cancer will recur (come back) with the treatment plans we have discussed?
  • How long will it take me to recover from treatment?
  • Will I be able to have sex after treatment? What reconstructive surgery, if any, will I need?
  • When can I go back to work after treatment?
  • How many patients with vaginal cancer do you treat each year?
  • Should I get a second opinion?
  • Are there any clinical trials I should think about?

You will no doubt have other questions, too. Write them down so that you remember to ask them. Keep in mind, too, that doctors aren't the only ones who can provide you with information. Other health care professionals, such as nurses and social workers, may be able to answer your questions.

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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 19, 2018

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