September 22, 2016

Questions to Ask Your Care Team

September 22, 2016

At the Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, we understand that you may have questions and concerns about your diagnosis. As questions arise, write them down and remember to bring this list to your appointments. Remember that every question is a valuable one. The list below has some examples of questions you may want to ask your care team.

• What type of cancer do I have?
• What is the extent (or stage) of my cancer?
• What are my treatment options?
• Should I get a second opinion?
• What is chemotherapy?
• What is radiation therapy?
• Are clinical trials an option for me?
• What are the side effects of my treatment?
• How can I learn more about my diagnosis, my treatment and how to cope?
• Will I experience pain?
• How can I deal with my fear and anxiety?
• What do I say to my children, significant other, family and friends?
• How do I get information on advanced care planning, including a health care proxy form?
• What if I have financial or insurance concerns?
• How do I learn about integrative/complementary therapies?
• Can I talk with someone who has been through this before?
• What happens when my treatment ends?
• How will I balance cancer care with the demands of my normal life?
• Where can I find more information about my cancer?
• Will I have any physical limitations?
More Questions?

Call the Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital at 413-582-2900.