What to Ask Your Doctor about Stage II 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 criteria did I meet to be diagnosed Stage II?

Should I send my specimen for a second opinion?

Where there other concerning features on my biopsy such as ulceration or a high mitotic rate?

Treatment Questions Your Notes

Will I be having a sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB)?

How much experience does the surgeon you are recommending have doing an SLNB?

Do you recommend I see a medical oncologist?

What treatment plan do you recommend? Why?

Should I consider adjuvant treatment? What are the side effects of these treatments?

What is my prognosis?

What type of follow-up will I need?

Clinical Trial Questions Your Notes

What are clinical trials?

Should I consider enrolling in a clinical trial?

You May Also Wish To Ask Your Notes

How often should I go for a skin screening?

What can I do to reduce my risk of developing another melanoma?

What is the risk of my family members developing melanoma?

It is important to get a second opinion

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