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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Stomach Cancer, Version 1.2016


Making treatment decisions

Questions to ask your doctor

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

4. Is this a fast- or slow-growing cancer?

5. Do I have hereditary stomach cancer? Should I and my family receive genetic counseling?

6. What other test results are important to know?

7. How often are these tests wrong?

8. Would you give me a copy of the pathology report and other test results?

9. Can the cancer be cured? If not, how well can treatment stop the cancer from growing?