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Talking to Your Healthcare Provider About Kidney Cancer
General Tips for Gathering Information
- 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.
Specific Questions to Ask Your Healthcare Provider
- What is the stage of my kidney cancer?
- What type of kidney cancer is it?
- Was it caught early or has it spread?
How do I best treat kidney cancer?
- What are the risks and benefits associated with this treatment plan?
- What other options are there?
- How long will the treatments 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 resources are available to me and my family if all treatment methods fail?
- How can I find help to quit smoking?
- Are there other lifestyle changes I can make to help my prognosis?
- How likely is it that my treatments will kill all the cancer cells?
- How do I know that my treatment program is effective?
- Should I consider participating in a clinical trial?
- Do you know of any support groups or others I can talk with about kidney cancer?
- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD
- Review Date: 12/2016
- Update Date: 12/22/2015