TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR
ABOUT YOUR CANCER
What molecular tumor testing has been completed?
Every cancer is specific and distinct, so molecular diagnostics are the key to understanding what is driving your specific tumor. Genetic counselors can help you understand the full results of your tests and how they may impact treatment options. Ask your doctor what molecular testing has been completed on your tumor and obtain a full copy of the results. If the answer is, “We have not conducted any,” the next question to your doctor should be, “How can we get them done?” Don’t take no for an answer.
Exactly what kind of cancer do I have?
Knowing the specific type of cancer you have will empower you to find physicians, researchers and patient organizations that specialize in that form of cancer. Ask your doctor to write down the name of your cancer, including its stage, location, and any specific genetic markers that have been identified. Then contact a patient foundation to gain more insight into your diagnosis.
How can I get a copy of my pathology report?
Obtaining your pathology report, molecular diagnostics, and other medical records equips you with the documentation you need to transfer your care to any provider to obtain a second opinion. This saves time and provides concise information to your care team.
What are my treatment options?
Treatment options can range from surgery and radiation to chemotherapy and targeted therapies. Knowing what options are available will help you determine where to seek treatment and which treatments will be most effective for you.
GET A SECOND OPINION
How can I get a second opinion?
First of all, should you? The answer to this is yes, in almost every scenario. Obtaining a second opinion, even when you are happy with your hospital and care team, can help you feel confident about your treatment plan and bring new perspectives to your care. Working with a patient advocate can help you obtain the records needed for a second opinion, find a physician who specializes in your specific diagnosis, and help you better understand your insurance coverage.