Making Treatment Decisions

When you have been diagnosed with cancer, you may hear about different treatment options and therapies from the people around you – your doctors, family, friends and colleagues. It is very common to feel overwhelmed and unsure which clinical path to take. This confusion can also lead to stress, anxiety and second-guessing every decision you make about your treatment.

At this stressful time, it is very important to equip yourself with the right information. Have an open discussion with your doctor about the possible treatment options he or she can offer you. Take time to discuss each option with your family and friends, before making your decision.

Questions to ask your doctor

Treatment for cancer is generally prescribed by a multi-disciplinary team of doctors and specialists, led by one doctor (who is called your primary physician). Your time with your primary physician is generally limited, so it can help to prepare a list of questions prior to starting treatment, in order to ensure that your time together is as productive as possible. Be sure to prioritize your questions, in case time runs out.

Some basic questions you may want to ask include

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