Talking to Your Doctor About Uterine (Endometrial) Cancer
Debra Wood, RN
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with uterine cancer. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Your Risk of Developing Uterine Cancer
Based on my medical history, lifestyle, and family background, am I at risk for uterine cancer?
About Uterine Cancer
What is the stage of my uterine cancer?
What does the staging mean?
Was the cancer caught early or has it spread?
About Treatment Options
How do I best treat uterine cancer?
What are the risks and benefits associated with this treatment plan?
What other options are there?
How long will the treatments last?
What side effects can I expect?
What will I need to change in my daily routine?
How will I feel during treatment?
What will I need to do to take care of myself during the treatment period?
What will we do if the treatment does not succeed?
About Lifestyle Changes
Are there lifestyle changes I can make to help my prognosis?
Can I have sexual intercourse?
How likely is it that my treatments will kill all the cancer cells?
How do I know that my treatment program is effective?
Should I consider participating in a clinical trial?
Do you know of any support groups or other patients I can talk with?
Questions to ask your doctor about cancer. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/coping/questions. Accessed November 21, 2017.
Tips for talking to your doctor. Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: https://familydoctor.org/tips-for-talking-to-your-doctor. Updated May 2014. Accessed November 21, 2017.
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