Being told you have cancer can be a scary and stressful time in your life. You probably have many questions and are unsure of where to start or what to do first. There are many trusted websites with cancer information, but your physician and care team is the best source, and best place to start, for information on your diagnosis.
When speaking with your physician, it helps to know what questions to ask to give you a base to understand your disease. Every cancer and diagnosis is different and individual, so it is important to learn and understand your situation.
Here are the top 4 questions you should ask your oncologist upon receiving a cancer diagnosis.
- What kind of cancer do I have and where is it located?
- What stage is the cancer — and what does that mean?
- What are my treatment options (surgery, radiation, systemic, etc.)? What do you recommend and why?
- What are my chances of survival based on the type and stage of cancer I have?