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Discussing Cancer With Your Doctor

Published on Apr 12, 2013
Authored by Pfizer Medical Team

When faced with a cancer diagnosis, you need to find a doctor with whom you feel comfortable and can speak openly. But just what should you and your doctor talk about?

Knowing what questions to ask can help you feel prepared for your doctor visits. While it may take more than one visit to ensure that all of your concerns are addressed, making a list of your questions in advance can help you get the answers you need.

Create your discussion guide

Read over the following list of questions, then check off those that you would like to discuss with your doctor. You can also add your own questions at the bottom. When you’re finished, print out your personalized doctor discussion guide and bring it to your next appointment.

This tool is not intended to result in a diagnosis or a treatment recommendation. It’s meant to help you have a more meaningful discussion with your doctor. No information about you will be collected or stored.

Please add any additional questions you'd like to ask your doctor.


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  • 1. National Cancer Institute. How to find a doctor or treatment facility if you have cancer. Accessed January 4, 2013.
  • 2. American Cancer Society. What should I ask my doctor? Accessed March 14, 2013.
  • 3. National Cancer Institute. Questions to ask your doctor when you have finished treatment. Accessed January 4, 2013.
  • 4. National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Biomarkers and targeted therapy. Accessed January 7, 2013.
  • 5. National Cancer Institute. Questions to ask your doctor about treatment. Accessed January 4, 2013.
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