Questions to Ask About Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer
At first, the information you learn about treatment options may seem overwhelming. You can ease some of this stress by asking your doctor how soon you need to decide on treatment, and gathering as much information as possible about your disease and its treatment. That way, you can discuss any questions or issues with your doctors, nurses, and loved ones.
To make it easier to remember what your doctor says, take notes during meetings or ask if you can record your conversations. It may also help to have a family member or friend with you to take part in the discussion, take notes, or just listen. You may find it helpful to make a list of your questions before seeing your doctor. Use these questions as a starting place:
Now is the time to be very honest with yourself about what side effects you can and cannot tolerate. Your first impulse may be to choose the treatment that removes or destroys your cancer at any cost. On the other hand, you might not want to accept any treatment because you believe it will cause undue suffering. However, the side effects of the treatment may be more or less bothersome than you thought. It is your doctor’s duty to tell you what those side effects might be before the treatment, but it’s up to you to think about them seriously and understand your options before making a decision.