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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Stomach Cancer, Version 1.2016

NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Stomach Cancer, Version 1.2016


Making treatment decisions

Questions to ask your doctor


Making treatment decisions

Questions to ask your doctor

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 to you:

1. Will I have to go to the hospital or elsewhere? How often? How long is each visit?

2. Do I have a choice of when to begin treatment? Can I choose the days and times of treatment?

3. How do I prepare for treatment? Do I have to stop taking any of my medicines? Are there foods I

will have to avoid?

4. Should I bring someone with me when I get treated?

5. Will the treatment hurt?

6. How much will the treatment cost me? What does my insurance cover?

7. Will I miss work or school? Will I be able to drive?

8. Is home care after treatment needed? If yes, what type?

9. How soon will I be able to manage my own health?

10. When will I be able to return to my normal activities?

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? From what source

are these options based?

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

6. Which option is proven to work best?

7. Which options lack scientific proof?

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

for one option than another? Which option spares the most healthy tissue? Is any option less

invasive? Less time-consuming? Less expensive?

9. 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?

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

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