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Questions for Your Medical Team

There will be many visits with health care professionals at various time of your journey. It is important to get all the information you require to make informed decisions. It is okay to ask questions, over and over again until you feel you understand all aspects of what is being recommended. Below are some questions you may wish to consider asking.

Before Surgery

• What are my options for surgery?
• Are there clinical trials I should think about?
• I want to have children. Is this still an option?
• How long do I have to wait until the date of the surgery?
• How long will the surgery take?
• What do I need to do to get ready for surgery?
• How long will I be in the hospital after surgery?
• Will I have drains?
• Will I have stitches/staples?
• Will I go into menopause due to the type of surgery?
• How long after surgery before I can be intimate with my partner?

After Surgery

• What pain or body stiffness can I expect and how long will it last?
• Are there side effects to the pain medication?
• How can I access home support?
• When can I take a shower or bath?
• What activities should I avoid?
• When will my pathology report (a detailed report of the cancer removed) be ready?
• When and how do I get referred to the cancer centre?
• When will I be able to return to work?
• Will I need physiotherapy?

About Chemotherapy

• What are my options regarding the drug types? Who pays for the drugs?
• Are there clinical trials I should think about?
• Where do I go for my treatment?
• Can I have someone come with me to drive me home?
• How will chemotherapy be given? How often? Over what time period?
• Is it safe to take herbs or vitamins while having chemotherapy?
• What are the short-term side effects?
• What are the long-term side effects?
• Will I lose my hair? If so, how soon will that be?
• Can I work while I am having chemotherapy?
• What can I do to help me manage the side effects of chemo?

About Radiation Therapy

• What is radiation therapy like? Will it hurt?
• Where do I go for treatments?
• Are there clinical trials I should think about?
• What are the short-term side effects?
• What are the long-term side effects?
• Will radiation therapy affect any other organs?
• Is it safe to take herbs or vitamins while having radiation therapy?
• Can I have someone come with me to drive me home?
• Can I work while I am having radiation treatments?

Resources

Cancer Information Service
Canadian Cancer Society
1.888.939.3333 | www.cancer.ca

Go online to download or call and ask for:

Chemotherapy and Other Drug Therapies: A guide for people with cancer
Radiation Therapy: A guide for people with cancer

Fertile Future
1.877.467.3066 | www.fertilefuture.ca

A Canadian network dedicated to providing information, education and financial assistance
for cancer patients who wish to pursue fertility preservation.

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