Once the diagnostic tests confirm the incidence of cancer, there are some important issues one should be clear about the treatment. Knowing the span and extent of the proposed treatment and its other effects will make it a little bit easier to cope with the situation.
Here are the questions a cancer diagnosed patient must ask the oncologist who will render the treatment.
- What is the extent or stage of the cancer I have?
- What is my prognosis?
- What are my treatment options?
- What treatment(s) do you suggest?
- Why do you favor this treatment over others?
- When will my treatment start, and how long will it last?
- Can I continue working?
- How will treatment affect daily living?
- Would a clinical trial be appropriate for me?
- What will happen if I choose not to have treatment?
- How long will I have to continue regular check-ups after treatment?
- What are the associated financial costs?
- Will my insurance cover the recommended treatment?
- Would you object to me getting a second opinion?