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What to ask your doctor about treatment for bile duct cancer

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Here are some questions you might want to ask your doctor about bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma) treatment.

  • What type of bile duct cancer do I have?
  • What can you tell me about the stage of my cancer?
  • What type of treatment do I need?
  • If you are not sure about the stage, when will you know?
  • How do you tell the stage of the cancer?
  • Can you give me any written information about these treatments?
  • Is there any choice of treatments?
  • Can I see a surgeon who specialises in this type of surgery?
  • Should I have any treatment before surgery?
  • Should I have any other treatment after surgery?
  • What are the risks and benefits of these treatments?
  • What are the side effects?
  • Is there anything that can help to control or reduce treatment side effects?
  • Are there long term side effects?
  • How often will I have to come to the hospital for treatment?
  • Is any transport available?
  • Is it possible to have help with the cost of fares to the hospital?
  • How long will the treatment last?
  • Can I have a second opinion?
  • Are there any experimental treatments or trials that might help me?
  • Is there a counsellor here I could talk things through with?
  • How often will you see me when my treatment ends?
  • What will happen at my follow up appointments?
  • What should I do if I am worried between appointments?
  • If I have pain, how can it be controlled?
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Updated: 22 January 2015