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NCCN Guidelines for Patients



Brain Cancer – Gliomas, Version 1.2016


Making treatment decisions

Questions to ask your doctors

Questions to ask your doctors

You may 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. A patient advocate or navigator might also be able to come.

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. He or she 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. Is this a fast- or slow-growing glioma?

4. Has the cancer spread to other areas?

5. What other tests 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. How likely is it that I’ll be cancer-free after treatment?

9. How likely will the cancer return (recurrence) after treatment?