You and Your Doctor—Tackling Your Cancer Together
Talking with your doctor openly about your diagnosis and treatment—and keeping informed every step of the way—will help you work with your doctor to make the best possible decisions about your treatment.
- Visit websites designed to educate and assist patients with your type of cancer.
- Ask your doctor where you can learn more about your cancer, its treatment and any ongoing research.
- Be informed when you talk to your doctor and treatment team.
- Ask questions and be proactive. It’s your health—and your life!
Talk openly with your doctor
Molecular testing for cancer-related genes may not be right for everyone, but by staying informed and asking about such testing, you can be sure that every avenue for treating your cancer has been explored. And for you, that may make the difference between treatment that is effective, or not.
Here are some questions you might ask your doctor:
- Are there gene mutations identified for my type of cancer?
- Should my tumor be tested for gene mutations?
- What can molecular testing tell me about my cancer?
- What can molecular testing tell me about my prognosis?
- How might molecular testing affect my treatment plan?
- How can I get my tumor or biopsy tested?