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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

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Kidney Cancer, Version 1.2017

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Making treatment decisions

Questions to ask your doctors

Questions to ask your doctors about testing

1. What tests will I have? How often will I be tested?

2. Where will the tests take place? Will I have to go to the hospital?

3. How long will it take? Will I be awake?

4. Will it hurt? Will I need anesthesia?

5. What are the risks? What are the chances of infection or bleeding afterward?

6. How do I prepare for testing? Should I not take aspirin? Should I not eat beforehand?

7. Should I bring a list of my medications? Should I bring someone with me?

8. How long will it take for me to recover? Will I be given an antibiotic or other drug afterward?

9. If a biopsy is done, will I get a copy of the results?

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

11. Who will talk with me about the next steps? When?