Questions to ask your doctor during a medical appointment
Whether you are consulting the doctor for the first time or getting a second opinion, it is essential to ask all the questions. Getting the right information about the cancer diagnosis will help you get the right treatment plan. In this guide, we will go through the different questions to ask during the medical appointment.
What is the need and accuracy and diagnosing testing?
Getting an accurate diagnosis will help you get the right treatment plan. Like PET/CT scan and MRI will determine the precise location of the tumor and extent of the disease will give the right treatment plan. Our cancer doctor will also do advanced genomic testing which identifies the cell mutations and they can be matched to targeted therapy to attack them. It is essential to get the advanced diagnosis, as it makes it easier to prepare the treatment plan.
What does the Diagnostic testing tell?
When the diagnostic test is done at the cancer hospital, you will get different information which includes:
- Where cancer originated?
- Tumor size
- Cancer stage and whether it has spread to other body parts.
Visiting the doctor at the right time will prevent the chances of cancer spreading to other body parts.
What are the possible treatment options?
Talk to the doctor about the various treatment options he suggests or which ones are available to get the best results. When you choose the best doctor, he will be able to tell you the benefits of all those options and why you should not get specific treatment. The IORT is the advanced technology for cervical, pancreatic, and breast cancer. You should listen to your doctor what he suggests and then make the final decision which suits your needs.
What happens if the treatment does not work?
At any point, you can ask the doctor about the treatment status. You should choose the doctor who is willing to get new therapies, depending on how well their results are. Look for the experienced oncologist, who will tailor the treatment as per your needs and condition. In case, the treatment is not working then they should be willing to try other options.
What are the possible side effects and how often will I experience them?
Keep in mind, no 2 people will experience the same symptoms or side effects. According to the treatment, it will vary. Ask the doctor about the possible side effects and how long you will experience them. By doing so, it will make it easier for you to prepare the treatment plan and improve the quality of life.
How to manage the side effects?
Supportive care therapies like oncology rehabilitation, spiritual support, acupuncture, behavioral health, and pain management can help. Your doctor will incorporate some of them into the treatment plan and it will help you stay active & strong.