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.

Your doctor will provide you some important information your 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 help you understand what your doctor has said.

The following questions 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 QuestionsYour Notes

How was it determined that I have Stage II melanoma?

Were there concerning features on the biopsy such as ulceration or a high mitotic rate?

Should I get a second opinion to confirm the diagnosis?

Treatment QuestionsYour Notes

How much experience does the surgeon you are recommending have doing a sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB)?

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?

Do you recommend I see a medical oncologist? Why or why not?

Clinical Trial QuestionsYour Notes

What are clinical trials?

Should I consider enrolling in a clinical trial? Why or why not?

You Should Also AskYour Notes

How often should I go for a skin exam?

What are the chances of my melanoma recurring?

What are my chances of developing a new melanoma?

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

What is the risk of my family members developing melanoma?

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