Having a detailed discussion with your healthcare team helps you take an informed decision on your treatment plan and diagnosis.
Here's a list of questions you should ask your healthcare team after getting a diagnosis
- Is there enough information to recommend a treatment plan for me? If not, which tests or procedures will be needed? Will I need to see other doctors?
- What are my treatment plan options?
- What treatment plan do you recommend? Why?
- Whom would you recommend for a second opinion?
- When do I need to make a treatment decision?
- Who will be part of my health care team, and what does each member do?
- Who will lead my overall treatment?
- What is the goal of each treatment? Is it to eliminate the cancer, help me feel better, or both?
- What can I do to get ready for treatment?
- If I am worried about managing the costs of cancer care, who can help me? Who can help me understand what aspects of my care are covered by my insurance?
- If I have questions or problems, who should I call?
- Do you communicate with your patients by email or with an electronic health record system?
- If have a strong family history of cancer, what is my chance of getting another cancer? How does that change my treatment options? Should I see a genetic counselor?
- Do you have a social worker I can speak with?
- What should I tell my employer, if anything, and what laws protect my rights as an employee?
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