What to Ask Your Doctor about Brain Metastases

When your doctor tells you that you have cancer, it can often be overwhelming. However, it is important to use the time when you are with your doctor to learn as much about your cancer as you can, so that you can gain control of your diagnosis.

After a physician tells a patient that they have melanoma, the doctor will often explain a number of important details specific to that patient’s diagnosis. It is often helpful to bring a friend or family member with you. Friends can lend morale support and help you by asking questions and helping you understand what your doctor has said.

The following questions relate to some of the most important aspects of a melanoma diagnosis and can serve as a guide to help you focus on what questions to ask your doctor.

Remember, it is ALWAYS okay to ask your doctor to repeat or clarify something they have said so that you can better understand it.

You may find it helpful to print out these questions and bring them with you to your next doctor’s visit.

Diagnosis Questions Your Notes

How many brain tumors do I have?

Do I have active disease of my brain?

Is the disease outside of my brain controlled?

Treatment Questions Your Notes

Am I a candidate for SRS?

Am I a candidate for surgery?

Should I consider immunotherapy or targeted therapy?

Clinical Trial Questions Your Notes

What are clinical trials?

Am I eligible for any clinical trials?

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