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How Do I Talk To My Doctor

How Do I Talk To My Doctor

Talking With Your Doctor

If you’re considering proton therapy, you’ll want to talk to your doctor. The information below can help when you discuss your options. Your doctor may not be as familiar with proton therapy as with other treatment options. You can download the document entitled Proton Therapy for Patients with Cancer to take with you to your discussion.

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Questions to Ask Your Doctor:

  • Would you write down a description of my cancer—what is it called, where is it located, what stage is it in, and other details that may be important in deciding treatment options?
  • What are all my treatment options? What do you recommend and why?
  • Is proton therapy an option for me? What are the pros and cons?
  • Is standard X-ray radiation therapy an option for me? What are the pros and cons?
  • How long would my treatment last—at each appointment and overall?
  • What is the treatment like? Is it safe?
  • Will I need to alter my daily routine (e.g., going to work, exercising) because of the treatments?
  • How do we know if the treatment worked?
  • If my cancer were to come back some day, could I have treatments again?
  • Where do I go to receive treatment?
  • How much will this treatment cost? What does my insurance/Medicare/Medicaid pay?
  • Once we have decided on a course of treatment for my diagnosis, what do I do next? Who do I call? When should I start?
  • What information do I need to have available?

Knowing the side effects

  • What could I expect as side effects or complications during therapy with the different treatment options?
  • What long-term side effects or complications could I have after therapy with the different treatment options?

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