NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Colon Cancer - page 71

NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Colon Cancer, Version 1.2014
Making treatment decisions
Questions to ask your doctors
Questions to ask your doctors
You will likely meet with experts from different fields
of medicine. Strive to have helpful talks with each
person. Prepare questions before your visit and ask
questions if the person isn’t clear. You can also record
your talks and get copies of your medical records.
It may be helpful to have your spouse, partner, or a
friend with you at these visits. They can help to ask
questions and remember what was said. Suggested
questions to ask include:
What’s my
diagnosis and prognosis
It’s important to know that there are different types of cancer. Cancer can greatly differ even when people
have a tumor in the same organ. Based on your test results, your doctors can tell you which type of
cancer you have. They can also give a prognosis. A prognosis is a prediction of the pattern and outcome
of a disease. Knowing the prognosis may affect what you decide about treatment.
1. Where did the cancer start? In what type of cell?
2. Is this cancer common?
3. What is the cancer stage? Does this stage mean the cancer has spread far?
4. What is the grade of the cancer? Does this grade mean the cancer will grow and spread fast?
5. What other test results are important to know?
6. How often are these tests wrong?
7. Would you give me a copy of the pathology report and other test results?
8. Can the cancer be cured? If not, how well can treatment stop the cancer from growing?
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