Essential Questions to Ask Your Doctor After Cancer Diagnosis

Essential Questions to Ask Your Doctor After Cancer Diagnosis

Essential Questions to Ask Your Doctor After Cancer Diagnosis


 Receiving a cancer diagnosis can feel like an overwhelming storm of emotions and uncertainties. At Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital & Research Institute (MGCHRI), we understand the importance of clarity and knowledge as you embark on this challenging journey.

When you sit down with your doctor to discuss your diagnosis, it’s crucial to gather as much information as possible to make informed decisions about your treatment and care plan. To help you navigate this challenging journey, here are some essential questions to ask your doctor:

 What Type of Cancer Do I Have?

   Understanding the specific type of cancer is the first step in grasping your diagnosis and exploring treatment options.

 What is the Stage of My Cancer?

    Staging determines the extent of cancer’s spread. Knowing the stage guides treatment decisions.

 Has It Spread to Other Areas of My Body?

   Understanding, if cancer has metastasized (spread), is vital for treatment planning and prognosis.

 Will I Need More Tests Before Treatment Begins? Which Ones?

   Additional tests may be necessary to assess your overall health and the cancer’s characteristics.

 Which Types of Doctors Do I Need to See for My Cancer Treatment?

    Collaborative care often involves a team of specialists. Knowing who to consult is essential.

 Will You Help Me Find a Doctor for a Second Opinion on the Best Treatment Plan?

   Seeking a second opinion is a common practice to ensure you explore all available treatment options.

 How Serious Is My Cancer?

   Understanding the severity of your diagnosis helps set realistic expectations and aids in emotional preparation.

 What Are My Chances of Survival?

   While it’s challenging to predict individual outcomes, discussing survival rates can provide a general perspective on your prognosis.

 These questions serve as a foundation for understanding your cancer diagnosis and treatment plan. Remember that your healthcare team is there to support you and provide guidance throughout your journey. Open communication with your doctors is key, so don’t hesitate to ask questions and seek clarity about your diagnosis and treatment options. Facing cancer is undoubtedly daunting, but knowledge and support are powerful allies on your path to recovery.


Written by
Dr. Praveena Voonna,
Consultant Medical Oncologist,
Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital and Research Institute, Visakhapatnam.