We're ready to answer any questions you may have about your treatment.
We will give you as much or as little information as you want to help you make decisions about your care. You might want to ask questions like:
- What type of cancer do I have and what stage is it?
- What does it mean that I have that stage of cancer?
- Should I be seeing any other doctors?
- How do Roswell Park second opinions work?
- Why do you recommend these treatments?
- Can I get all these treatments here at Ellis Medicine?
- Do these treatments have side effects? Can I control the side effects?
- Is there a clinical trial I can enroll in?
- Should any of my other family members get tested for this type of cancer?
- When is my first treatment? Do I need other tests first?
- How long will my treatment last? Can I still do activities I love?
Because you'll be covering so much at your first visit, we recommend you bring a trusted support person with you, like a family member or friend. This person can offer you additional emotional support and help you keep track of all the information you need. Both you and your support person should bring a pen to write with so you can keep notes. You might want to bring a list of questions with you, too.
It's our goal that you leave your first appointment with a treatment plan that you feel good about. We want to ensure you understand your cancer and that you feel you've made the right decisions based on your doctor's recommendations and the latest evidence. If you have any questions at any time, we strongly encourage you to call your care team for more information. We are here to help.
Some patients also find these Frequently Asked Questions helpful.