What to ask your doctor about treating soft tissue sarcoma
Some questions you might ask your doctor
- What can you tell me about the stage of my sarcoma?
- How do you tell the stage of the sarcoma?
- What type of treatment do I need?
- Can you give me written information about these treatments?
- Is there any choice of treatments?
- Do I need to have an operation?
- Will limb sparing surgery be possible for me?
- How likely is the operation to cure the sarcoma?
- What are the risks and benefits of having this operation?
- How long will it take me to get better?
- How can I help myself get over the operation?
- Can I have more surgery if the sarcoma comes back?
- Should I have any treatment before surgery?
- Should I have any other treatment after surgery?
- What will these treatments do for me?
- What are the risks and benefits of these treatments?
- What are the side effects?
- How can I help to reduce the side effects?
- Are there any long term effects of this treatment?
- How often will I have to come to the hospital for treatment?
- Is there any transport available?
- Can I get 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 is finished?
- What will happen at my follow up appointments?
- How will you know if the cancer has come back?
- What should I do if I am worried between appointments?
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