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Talking to Your Doctor About Brain Tumors
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write your questions ahead of time so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
What are the statistics on my type of brain tumor?
- Is it known what caused my type of brain tumor?
- Will I have any disabilities?
- What are the chances I will be able to care for myself, and for how long?
What are my chances of getting a tumor?
- Given my exposure to radiation?
- Given my exposure to possibly toxic chemicals?
- Given my family medical history?
- With this type of brain tumor, what are my treatment options?
- Is one or a combination of treatments better for me than others?
- What are the side effects of the different treatments?
What medications are available to me?
- What are the benefits/side effects of these medications?
- Will these medications interact with other medications, over-the-counter products, or dietary or herbal supplements that I am already taking?
- Are there any alternative or complimentary therapies that will help me?
- How long will we plan to treat the tumor?
- Should I follow a special diet?
- Are there any dietary changes I should make? How do I go about it?
Should I begin an exercise program?
- What kind of exercise is best?
- How often should I exercise?
- How do I get started exercising?
- Should I stop drinking alcohol?
- What should I avoid doing until the treatment is over?
- Will I have to give up driving?
- What changes should I expect to make in my job?
- What should I tell my family, friends, and employer?
- Can you suggest some support organizations?
- What is my expected prognosis?
- How often will I need checkups?
- What are the chances my brain tumor will come back?
- Who can help me with finding a support group and getting legal assistance if I have trouble at my job?
- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 05/2015
- Update Date: 08/17/2015