What Should You Ask Your Doctor About Uterine Sarcoma?

It is important for you to have honest, open discussions with your cancer care team. The following are some questions to consider:

  • What type and grade of uterine sarcoma do I have?
  • Has the cancer spread beyond my uterus?
  • What is the stage of my cancer and what does that mean for me?
  • What treatments are appropriate for me? What do you recommend? Why?
  • Can I be evaluated by a gynecologic oncologist?
  • Am I eligible for a clinical trial?
  • What should I do to be ready for treatment?
  • What risks or side effects should I expect?
  • What are the chances of recurrence of my cancer with the treatment options we have discussed?
  • Should I follow a special diet?
  • Will I be able to have children after my treatment?
  • What is my prognosis, based on what you know about my cancer?
  • When will I be able to return to daily activities?
  • How will this affect my sex life?
  • Does this cancer prevent me from considering estrogen replacement therapy?

In addition to these sample questions, be sure to write down some of your own. For instance, you may need specific information about anticipated recovery times so that you can plan your work schedule. You may also want to ask about second opinions or about clinical trials for which you may qualify.

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Last Medical Review: May 12, 2014 Last Revised: February 15, 2016

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