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What to ask your doctor about cervical cancer treatment

Women discussing cervical cancer

Some questions you might ask your doctor

  • What stage is my cervical cancer?
  • How does that affect my choice of treatment?
  • What are the pros and cons of the different treatments?
  • Do you recommend one particular type of treatment for me?
  • Why do you think I should have this treatment?
  • What other types of treatment could I have?
  • What is chemoradiation?
  • Is chemoradiation suitable treatment for me?
  • Will this treatment cure my cancer?
  • What are the chances that the cancer will come back?
  • What will happen if the cancer comes back?
  • If the cancer comes back, how will the treatment I choose now affect the treatment I could have in the future?
  • What are the side effects of this treatment?
  • Are there any long term side effects of this treatment?
  • Can I help to prevent myself getting side effects?
  • Will I still be able to have children after treatment?
  • Is there any way you can help me to keep my ability to get pregnant and have a baby?
  • How long will the course of treatment last?
  • How long will I be in hospital if I have this treatment?
  • For how long will I have to go back and forth to the hospital?
  • If I have to travel to and from the hospital can I have help with paying my fares?
  • How do I go about getting a second opinion?
  • Are there any experimental treatments or trials you would recommend for me?
  • Is there a counsellor here I could talk things through with?
  • What if I decide not to have treatment?
  • How often will you want to see me after my treatment has finished?
  • What will happen at these follow up appointments?
  • What should I do if I am worried between appointments?
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Updated: 4 September 2012