A uterine cancer diagnosis can seem overwhelming at first. One of the best ways to cope is to talk honestly and often with a specialist. Feel free to bring up anything that is on your mind, no matter how insignificant it may seem. That way, you will better understand your condition and options. As a result, you’ll be able to make more informed treatment decisions, which can help you achieve the best possible outcome and quality of life.
What you’ll need to know before moving forward with uterine cancer treatment
In the days and weeks that follow your diagnosis, you’ll want to become as educated as possible. To get a productive conversation started, here are five questions that you might want to ask your uterine cancer specialist:
- Which treatments are right for me, and which do you recommend?
- Should I consider joining a clinical trial?
- Is there anything I can do to prepare for treatment?
- What are the potential risks and side effects of uterine cancer treatment, and how can I manage them?
- What is the goal of my treatment, and how will we know if it is working?
During each discussion, be sure to ask your specialist to pause and explain anything that you don’t fully understand. Remember, he or she is there to guide you through your cancer journey, and that includes addressing your concerns. You might also ask a trusted family member or friend to accompany you to your appointments. In addition to providing valuable moral support, he or she can serve as a second set of ears, take notes and remind you of any key topics that you may have overlooked.
You do not need a referral to consult with a uterine cancer specialist in the gynecologic clinic at Moffitt Cancer Center. Request an appointment by calling 1-888-663-3488 or completing our new patient registration form online.