Questions for Your Treatment Team

Listed are "example" questions we asked when interviewing our Physician, Specialist Surgeon and Oncologist at different intervals: BEFORE Surgery, AFTER Staging / BEFORE Genomic Testing and PRIOR to Defining Treatment Regimen. Note: These sample questions relate to a rare Liver Cancer but can act as a guide as to the type of questions you can ask your Treatment Team / Specialists BEFORE they take action.

Questions Asked at Three Different Interview Intervals

Initial Diagnosis

After initial Diagnosis & before Surgery we asked these questions

of the Specialist / Surgeon

After Surgery / Staging

After Surgery, Staging Defined, prior to Genomic Testing. Interviewing your Oncologist(s)

Before Treatment

Prior to Systemic Treatment. Discussion w/ Oncologist determining optimum treatment regimen

Example questions to use as a springboard in customizing a list of questions addressing your particular case 

After Initial Diagnosis & Before Surgery

Questions to Ask your GP or Organ Specialist:

1. What disease do you suspect this to be? Please explain.

2. Can you assess the extent of this disease?

3. What do you recommend as the next step in my treatment? 

4. Will you be consulting with an oncologist about my case prior to my surgery?

5. Will there be a need for adjuvant treatment either before or after my surgery? 

5. What role will you play going forward in my care? 

Questions to Ask your Surgeon:

1. What is the extent of your expertise in this particular type of disease and this specific surgical procedure?

2. Please explain what this surgery will entail.

3. How extensive will this surgery be?

4. We plan to have genomic testing conducted so please harvest a sufficient amount of tumor tissue to accommodate such additional testing.

5. Will you also be harvesting lymph nodes while you are conducting my surgery?

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After Surgery, Staging Discussion

Questions for Surgeon Post Surgery:

1. XXWhat disease do you suspect this to be? Please explain.

2. XXCan you assess the extent of this disease?

3. XXWhat do you recommend as the next step in my treatment? 

4. XXWill you be consulting with an oncologist about my case prior to my surgery?

5. XXWill there be a need for adjuvant treatment either before or after my surgery? 

5. XXWhat role will you play going forward in my care? 

????Interviewing Oncologists & Oncologist Questions: OR SEPARATE SECTION?

1. xxWhat is the extent of your expertise in this particular type of disease and this specific surgical procedure?

2. xxPlease explain what this surgery will entail.

3. xxHow extensive will this surgery be?

4. xxWe plan to have genomic testing conducted so please harvest a sufficient amount of tumor tissue to accommodate such additional testing.

5. xxWill you also be harvesting lymph nodes while you are conducting my surgery?