NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Rectal Cancer, Version 1.2017
Making treatment decisions
Questions to ask
What does each option require of me?
Many patients consider how each option will practically affect their lives. This information may be important
because you have family, jobs, and other duties to take care of. You also may be concerned about getting the
help you need. If you have more than one option, choosing the option that is the least taxing may be important
1. Will I have to go to the hospital or elsewhere? How often? How long is each visit?
2. What do I need to think about if I will travel for treatment?
3. Do I have a choice of when to begin treatment? Can I choose the days and times of treatment?
4. How do I prepare for treatment? Do I have to stop taking any of my medicines? Are there foods I will have to
5. Should I bring someone with me when I get treated?
6. Will the treatment hurt?
7. How much will the treatment cost me? What does my insurance cover?
8. Will I miss work or school? Will I be able to drive?
9. Is home care after treatment needed? If yes, what type?
10. How soon will I be able to manage my own health?
11. When will I be able to return to my normal activities?