Questions for Your Doctor
- You need to understand what treatment methods the doctor is recommending and you need to understand everything that will happen to you.
- You should keep asking questions until you are satisfied.
- Take a pen and paper with you so you can write things down to go over later.
- It is helpful to take a friend or family member to the doctor visit.
- In between visits write down your questions and concerns so that you can bring
them up next time you see your doctor.
Some questions you might want to ask:
- What will surgery entail?
- Can I still preserve my fertility?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What can I physically do after surgery?
- Will my diet be restricted?
- Will I need help and for how long?
- What type of cancer do I have?
- Has it spread beyond the ovary?
- What stage and what cell type is my cancer and what does that mean?
- What type of treatment would you recommend and why?
- If I need further treatment after surgery, when will it start and how long will it last?
- What are the chances my cancer will return?
- Are there any clinical trials I might consider?
- What are the potential side effects of treatment and how can they be managed?