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What to ask your doctor about treating soft tissue sarcoma

Men and woman discussing soft tissue sarcomas

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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Updated: 27 February 2015