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NCCN Guidelines for Patients



Brain Cancer – Gliomas, Version 1.2016


Making treatment decisions

Questions to ask your doctors

What are my options?

There is no single treatment practice that is best for all patients. There is often more than one

treatment option along with clinical trial options. Your doctor will review your test results and

recommend treatment options.

1. What will happen if I do nothing?

2. Can I just carefully monitor the cancer?

3. Do you consult NCCN recommendations when considering options?

4. Are you suggesting options other than what NCCN recommends? If yes, why?

5. Do your suggested options include clinical trials? Please explain why.

6. How do my age, health, and other factors affect my options?

7. What if I am pregnant?

8. Which option is proven to work best?

9. Which options lack scientific proof?

10. What are the benefits of each option? Does any option offer a cure? Are my chances any better for

one option than another? Less time-consuming? Less expensive?

11. What are the risks of each option? What are possible complications? What are the rare and

common side effects? Short-lived and long-lasting side effects? Serious or mild side effects?

Other risks?

12. What can be done to prevent or relieve the side effects of treatment?

13. What are my chances that the cancer will return?