Important First Questions

Once diagnosed, it is natural to feel overwhelmed and stressed. It is important to discuss your questions and concerns with your TCI care team whenever possible. Remember to write down your questions before each appointment so you don’t forget any of them.

The list of questions below is a good place to begin:

1. What experience and successes have you had treating my type and stage of cancer?
2. Which medical facilities (including hospitals) will you use for my treatments?
3. What treatment methods do you recommend for my type and stage of cancer?
4. Are there clinical trials or treatments in development that are right for my situation?
5. Where can I find good information about these types of treatments?
6. Can you tell me about other physicians and TCI care team members who will be involved in my care and their roles in my treatment?
7. What side effects or risks are possible with each type of recommended treatment?
8. How can I learn more about this type of cancer and treatment options?
9. What should I do if there are new symptoms, pain, or questions that come up between appointments?
10. Is there anything that can be done to lessen the possibility of having side effects?
11. Are there other things I can do to help my healing process?
12. Can you tell me about some successes you have had with your patients and this type of cancer treatment in the past?
13. How should I contact you or another TCI care team member with concerns and questions between appointments?
14. Do you have advice or suggestions to help me get through this experience?

Once diagnosed, it is natural to feel overwhelmed and stressed. It is important to discuss your questions and concerns with your TCI care team whenever possible. Remember to write down your questions before each appointment so you don’t forget any of them.