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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Version 1.2014


Questions to ask your doctors

You will likely 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, family member, or a friend with you at these

visits. They can help to ask questions and remember

what was said. Suggested questions to ask include:


Making treatment decisions

Questions to ask your doctors

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. They 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. What is the cancer stage? Does this stage mean the cancer has spread far?

4. What is the grade of the cancer? Does this grade mean the cancer will grow and spread fast?

5. What other test 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. Can the cancer be cured? If not, how well can treatment stop the cancer from growing?