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Ask the Right Questions at Your Next Doctor's Appointment

Who is the appointment for?

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What is the reason for the appointment?

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Have you started immunotherapy?

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What type of cancer have you or your loved one been diagnosed with?

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Is the appointment with a current or new doctor?

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Most important questions to ask about Cancer

Top 10 Questions about Cancer

  1. How will I know if my immunotherapy treatment plan is working or if it needs to be changed?
  2. What monitoring, including blood tests and imaging exams, do I need during my immunotherapy treatment?
  3. What is our plan if my immunotherapy does not help me reach my treatment goal?
  4. If I need to contact my treatment team after hours, who should I contact and how do I reach them?
  5. What is immunotherapy and how is different from chemotherapy?
  6. What are my other treatment options and why are you recommending immunotherapy?
  7. Is the goal of the immunotherapy you are recommending curative or palliative (to relieve symptoms only)?
  8. When should I start immunotherapy and how many treatments will I need?
  9. What are the possible risks, benefits, and interactions of my immunotherapy drugs?
  10. Are there any side effects of my immunotherapy that should prompt me to call you or seek medical attention?
  1. What is our plan if my immunotherapy does not help me reach my treatment goal?
  2. How will I know if my immunotherapy treatment plan is working or if it needs to be changed?
  3. What might happen if I do not complete my full immunotherapy regimen?
  4. How can I best prepare for each immunotherapy treatment session?
  5. What monitoring, including blood tests and imaging exams, do I need during my immunotherapy treatment?
  6. Can I continue my normal activities, such as work or sports, and how much rest should I be getting?
  7. Can I drink alcohol, have caffeine, and take my regular medications during my immunotherapy treatments?
  8. If I need to contact my treatment team after hours, who should I contact and how do I reach them?
  9. What is immunotherapy and how is different from chemotherapy?
  10. What are my other treatment options and why are you recommending immunotherapy?
  11. What might happen if I do not choose immunotherapy?
  12. Is the goal of the immunotherapy you are recommending curative or palliative (to relieve symptoms only)?
  13. When should I start immunotherapy and how many treatments will I need?
  14. How are immunotherapy drugs given?
  15. What are the possible risks, benefits, and interactions of my immunotherapy drugs?
  16. Will I go to the hospital or clinic for my immunotherapy treatments, how long will I need to be there, and do I need someone to accompany me?
  17. Are there any side effects of my immunotherapy that should prompt me to call you or seek medical attention?
  18. Does immunotherapy put me at risk of infections and how can I protect myself from infections?
  19. Does immunotherapy put me at risk of bleeding problems and what precautions should I take?
  20. Am I likely to experience flu-like symptoms and if so how can I manage this side effect?
  21. Am I likely to experience digestive problems, including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, and if so how can I prevent it or treat it when it occurs?
  22. Am I likely to develop sores in my mouth or throat, and if so how should I care for my mouth and throat?
  23. Am I likely to develop skin, hair, nail or eye problems and if so how should I care for myself?
  24. What can I do to fight fatigue and maintain my strength and endurance during immunotherapy?
  25. What non-drug strategies, including biofeedback, meditation, and mind-body exercise, can help me deal with the side effects of immunotherapy?
  26. Are there immunotherapy medications available to treat my type of cancer?
  27. What immunotherapy medications have approval for treating lung cancer and am I a candidate?
  28. What immunotherapy medications have approval for treating kidney cancer and am I a candidate?
  29. What immunotherapy medications have approval for treating head and neck cancer and am I a candidate?
  30. What immunotherapy medications have approval for treating melanoma and am I a candidate?

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Top 10 Questions about Cancer

  1. How will I know if my immunotherapy treatment plan is working or if it needs to be changed?
  2. What monitoring, including blood tests and imaging exams, do I need during my immunotherapy treatment?
  3. What is our plan if my immunotherapy does not help me reach my treatment goal?
  4. If I need to contact my treatment team after hours, who should I contact and how do I reach them?
  5. What is immunotherapy and how is different from chemotherapy?
  6. What are my other treatment options and why are you recommending immunotherapy?
  7. Is the goal of the immunotherapy you are recommending curative or palliative (to relieve symptoms only)?
  8. When should I start immunotherapy and how many treatments will I need?
  9. What are the possible risks, benefits, and interactions of my immunotherapy drugs?
  10. Are there any side effects of my immunotherapy that should prompt me to call you or seek medical attention?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS; Sarah Lewis, PharmD. Last Annual Review Date: Jan 4, 2017 Copyright: © Copyright 2017 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement.

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