Questions to Ask
We believe that informed patients are empowered. Let us help you make the most important decisions by answering all of your questions.
After over 30 years of treating cancer in Jacksonville, we know that every case is unique. Help us help you by asking questions about your condition, your treatment, and your health.
We are sure you will have your own list of questions for your care team, but here are some examples to get you started:
- In what stage is my cancer?
- What is the goal of my treatment?
- What treatment options do I have?
- What are the risks associated with each treatment option? The benefits?
- What kinds of tests will I need? How often will I be coming in to the clinic?
- Will genetic tests be a part of my treatment regime?
- Are there any clinical trials (link to Clinical Trials FAQ) that are appropriate for me?
- Will I be experiencing any side effects?
- What will the side effects look like? When should I start noticing?
- Are there methods I can employ to negate the side effects?
- Are there treatments that can help relieve the side effects? What are they? Do you recommend them for me?
- What serious side effects or symptoms should prompt me to call you for an evaluation and possible intervention?
- When should I call 911?
- Will my treatment plan put me at elevated risk of infection?
- How will treatment change my day-to-day activities and lifestyle?
- Am I likely to need to stay in a hospital at any point during my treatment? For how long?
- Will I be able to drive myself home after treatments?
- Should I seek special assistance at home?
- What will be the end result of my treatment?
- After completion of treatment, how often will I need to come in for check-ups?
- After completion of treatment, what signs or symptoms should prompt me to call you before my next regularly scheduled check-up?
- When and how will we know if my treatment was a success?
The answers to the above questions should be discussed with your care team. Depending on your condition, treatments and side effects will vary greatly.