Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Knowledge is power. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor.

Formulating Your Questions

When meeting with your doctor to discuss your recent diagnosis, write down your questions prior to your visits. Tell your doctor that you welcome his or her honesty and ask for clarification if needed. It also can be helpful to bring someone you can trust to take notes so you can review what you talked about later.

Are there any additional treatment options for my diagnosis?  If yes, will this treatment prolong my life?  For how long?

If you choose not to have treatments or choose to stop treatment, ask your doctor:

  • How long might I live and what will my quality of life be with my illness?
  • Would I benefit from hospice at this time?