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.
Your doctor will provide you some important information about your diagnosis. It is often helpful to bring a friend or family member with you. Friends can lend moral support and help you by asking questions, and help 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 in my brain?
Is the disease outside of my brain controlled?
|Treatment Questions||Your Notes|
What treatment plan do you recommend? Why?
Am I a candidate for stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS)? Why or why not?
Am I a candidate for surgery?
Should I consider immunotherapy or targeted therapy? Why?
What is my prognosis?
What type of follow-up will I need?
Should I get a second opinion?
|Clinical Trial Questions||Your Notes|
What are clinical trials?
Should I consider enrolling in a clinical trial? Why or why not?
Do you participate in any clinical trials?
Should I be referred to a center that has clinical trials?