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List of Suggested Questions

We know that a recent diagnosis of cancer can be confusing and scary with information and questions coming at your from all angles. Because of this, we've compiled a small list of questions to help you get the information you need. This is just a starting place, though. Please feel free to ask any question you need answered while you (or a loved one) is involved in cancer treatment:

  1. Is there a firm diagnosis yet? If so, what is it?
  2. What Stage of cancer do I have if it is yet known?
  3. What is the goal of any recommended operation? Cure? Palliation? Relief of symptoms or solving immediately life threatening problems such as bleeding?
  4. Are there any alternatives to the recommended plan? If so, what are they and what are the pros and cons?
  5. What are the risks of any planned treatment and what are the risks of NOT undergoing the recommended treatment?
  6. What should I expect for recovery time if an operation is recommended?
  7. If no operation is recommended, why?

Your team at NW Surgical Oncology strives to do the following:

  • Answer all your questions clearly and thoroughly.
  • Ask about your thoughts regarding the recommended course of treatment.
  • Offer alternatives, where appropriate, to the recommended course of treatment.
  • Make clear the risks of planned treatment, as well as the expected benefits.
  • Involve you and any people important to you in the decision making process.






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