List of Questions Upon Diagnosis

  • Will you permit me to audio-tape our consultations?
  • What type of colon cancer do I have?
  • Where exactly is the cancer located in the colon?
  • Are you able to tell me if my cancer has spread beyond my colon?
  • Are you able to tell me the stage of my cancer?
  • If not, what are the tests that I will require to determine what stage my cancer is in?
  • Are there other tests that need to be done before we can decide on treatment?
  • Are you able to tell me how quickly the cancer is likely to grow?
  • Will it make a difference if I were to change my diet?
  • Does my diagnosis mean that my blood relatives are at higher risk for colorectal cancer? Should they talk to their doctors about screening?
  • What are my treatment options based on my diagnosis?
  • What treatment option do you recommend? Why?
  • What is my prognosis based on type and possible stage of colorectal cancer?
  • What other doctors will I be required to see for the treatment of my disease? Should I see a surgeon? Medical oncologist? Radiation oncologist? Should these doctors be involved in planning my treatment before we begin? Specialists:____________________________________________________
  • How do I contact the members of my health care team? Telephone Numbers to Call:
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  • Am I a candidate for surgical removal of the colorectal tumour? If so, what type of surgical procedure do you recommend?
  • If so, should I have surgery by a certain date?
  • How long can I safely delay surgery while trying to decide upon a course of treatment and physician referrals?
  • Should I obtain a second medical opinion before beginning cancer treatment? Why or why not?
  • Other questions or concerns….