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What to ask your doctor about treating gallbladder cancer

Men and women discussing gallbladder cancer

Some questions you might ask your doctor

  • 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?
  • What written information can you give me about these treatments?
  • Is there any choice of treatments?
  • 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?
  • How can I help to reduce the side effects?
  • How often will I have to come to the hospital for treatment?
  • Is there any transport available?
  • Is it possible to have any 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?
  • What should I do if I am worried between appointments?
  • What pain control can you offer me?
  • Do I have to have morphine, or are there other ways of controlling pain?
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Updated: 24 June 2014