What to Ask Your Doctor About Stage 0 Melanoma

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

What is the difference between in-situ melanoma and invasive melanoma?

Should we request a second opinion to confirm the diagnosis?

What are the chances of my melanoma coming back?

What are the chances of my developing a new melanoma?

What is my prognosis?

Treatment Questions Your Notes

What treatment plan do you recommend?

What treatment plan do you recommend?

What type of follow-up will I need?

How often should I go for a skin exam?

Have you looked at all my other moles and my lymph nodes?

Clinical Trial Questions Your Notes

What steps can I take to reduce my risks of developing a future melanoma?

What is the risk of my family members developing melanoma?

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