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Talking to Your Doctor About Melanoma
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out 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 is the stage of my melanoma?
- Was it caught early or has it spread?
- Based on my medical history, lifestyle, and family background, am I at risk for melanoma?
How do I best treat melanoma?
- What other options are there?
- What are the risks and benefits associated with this treatment plan?
- How long will the treatment last?
- What side effects can I expect?
- What will I need to change in my daily routine?
- How will I feel during treatment?
- What will I need to do to take care of myself during the treatment period?
- What will we do if the treatment does not succeed?
- Do I need to stay out of the sun?
- Do I have to give up swimming and other outdoor recreation?
- How can I protect myself if I work outdoors?
- How likely is it that my treatments will kill all the cancer cells?
- How will I know if my treatment program is effective?
- Should I consider participating in a clinical trial?
- Do you know of any other patients I can talk with or support groups I can join?
- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 03/2017
- Update Date: 10/11/2016