Your treatment path is critical because it could determine the speed and effectiveness of your recovery.
Treatment options depend on many different factors including tumor type, treatment availability, location of the tumor, physical and mental effects, and overarching recovery goals.
You should ask everyone on your medical team these questions.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
- What is the goal of treatment for me?
- What are my treatment options?
- Am I eligible for any clinical trial– and when? What is the goal of the trial(s)?
- What are the possible side effects of each treatment option?
- What can I do to prepare for treatment?
- What will my recovery look like?
- What is the likelihood this tumor will return after treatment?
- What additional treatments might I need?
- Will I need rehabilitation services, like speech therapy or physical therapy?
- How can I reach you if I have questions after today?
- Who would you send a family member to for a second opinion if they had a brain tumor like mine?
- When should I call you for immediate help? (With which side effects?)
- What can I do to manage my side effects? Can you help me create a management plan?
- How do you recommend I keep track of how I feel, and what do you need to know?
- What can I do to feel better?
- How long will my treatment last?
- What if this treatment doesn’t produce the expected results? What would be the next steps?
- Will the treatment impact my ability to enroll in clinical trials in the future?