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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, Version 1.2017



Questions to ask your doctors

Questions to ask your doctors

You may meet with experts from many fields of medicine during this time. Make it a goal to have

helpful talks with each person along the way. Get your questions ready before your visit and repeat

back what you hear. You can also record your talks and get copies of your medical records. It may be

helpful to have a family member or friend with you at these visits. A patient advocate or navigator might

also be able to come.

The questions below are suggestions for the many topics you read about in this book. Feel free to use

these questions or come up with your own personal questions to ask your doctor and other members

of your treatment team.

Testing and the results

1. What tests will I have?

2. Where and when will the tests take place?

3. How long will they take?

4. What are the risks?

5. How do I prepare for testing?

6. How soon will I know the results and who will explain them to me?

7. What type of cancer do I have?

8. Have any cancer cells spread to other parts of my body?

9. Were any of the results unclear?

10. What is the stage of cancer?