5 Questions To Ask Your Doctor About Bone Cancer

By Katy Gilligan
Updated January 25, 2017
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5 Questions To Ask Your Doctor About Bone CancerHaving bone cancer can cause a person to be scared, confused and sad. People often do not know what is happening to their body when they are diagnosed with bone cancer, and they do not know exactly what needs to be done in order to get the correct treatment. When a person is diagnosed with bone cancer, it is important that they have an open and honest conversation with their doctor. They should ask any question that they may have in order to understand what is happening to their body. No question is off the table. Your doctor is there to support you and help you though this process, so ask any question that comes to mind. Below is a list of five essential questions that will lessen the confusion of bone cancer.

1.) What Kind Of Bone Cancer Do I Have?

There are many different types of bone cancer, and people are often diagnosed with one of the main three. Each type of bone cancer originates in different cells and affects different bones in the body. Knowing what type of bone cancer you have will help you understand what type of treatment will be needed, which bone is being affected, and a possible cause as to why the bone cancer developed in the first place.

2.) What Stage Cancer Do I Have?

There are four main stages of bone cancer. Your treatment regime will depend on what stage cancer you are in. Between stages one and two, your treatment will most likely be less invasive. Stages three and four may require more invasive and complicated treatment. It may also mean that the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, and you will need to receive a diagnosis and a treatment regime for that cancer, as well.

3.) What Are My Treatment Options?

Overall, you are the person who will ultimately decide what treatment option you will use. Your doctor will be there as a guide to tell you which treatment option they think is right for you. They will tell you what each treatment option does, how effective it will be, and what the possible side-effects are. You will then be able to make an informed decision on which treatment option you think will be right for you specific situation.

4.) What Should I Do To Prepare For Treatment?

There may be certain medications that you are taking that you will need to stop taking in order to prepare for treatment. You will want to talk to your doctor about any lifestyle changes you may need to make, as well as any changes around your home you will need to make in order to make sure that treatment is the most effective. Ask about what to do before and after treatment so that it work as best as it can.

5.) What Are My Therapy Options?

Often times when people are going through cancer treatment, they get depressed, or develop other mental health issues because of constant pain or worry. It is important to be open with your doctor about any feelings you may have about the cancer and the treatment. They can guide you through it, or they can recommend someone that can help you through the feelings you have. It is important not to let the cancer take over the person you once were before you were diagnosed.

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