Uterine Fibroid Tumor Doctor Questions

Approaching your doctor about female health issues can be difficult and embarrassing. Knowing how to ask your doctor questions and what questions to ask can be helpful in order to get the kind of information you want on fibroid tumors and other female health concerns.

Sometimes fibroid tumors can be diagnosed as cervical cancer. If you have been diagnosed with cervical cancer, you might find it difficult to focus on what you need to know while you cope with the alarming news.

The information you need and the questions you have to ask your doctor are of primary importance, both for complying with best treatments and to help you cope with your fears.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Most doctors understand the stress you’re feeling about this subject. If you need to, take a friend, spouse or close relative with you when you talk to your doctor about uterine fibroid tumors. This person can make sure that you cover all the important information and get the answers you need to all of your questions. In addition, it is a good idea to write your questions down so that you remember to cover them all.

Once you have been diagnosed, sit down with your doctor and ask these questions:

1. What kind of cancer do I have, and what stage of cancer am I in?

Knowing the stage of your cancer is especially important because it will tell you how advanced your cancer is and whether it has spread.

2. What are my treatment options?

Cancer of any kind has a wide range of treatment options, and these treatment options depend on the stage of your cancer is and your general health.

3. What type of treatment do you recommend?

Your doctor probably has an opinion as to what type of treatment is best for you. You can discuss the pros and cons of various treatments, including research on their effectiveness and possible side effects.

4. How will the treatment affect my daily life?

This question is an important one. If your treatment is likely to change your daily life dramatically, you should know what you have to do to prepare for it. Conversely, if the impact on your daily activities is minor, you’ll be relieved to know that.

5. Will my treatment affect my ability to get pregnant in the future?

Only your doctor can answer this question, and it depends on what type of treatment you receive.

6. Will I be able to resume my normal activities after the treatment is completed?

Your doctor may be able to estimate how long it will be before you can resume your normal activities, or if you will have to modify your life after treatment.

7. What if the treatment is not successful?

While most people don’t want to consider this question, it is a valid one. You should know what you’ll be facing if the treatment you and your doctor chose for you doesn’t work. Your doctor may have a number of strategies in mind.

8. When will my treatment begin and how long does it generally last?

Your treatment may begin right away, or your doctor may ask you to wait a few weeks. You should know when your doctor anticipates beginning treatment so that you can be prepared.

9. Will my insurance plan cover my treatment?

Once your treatment has been mapped out, speak with your doctor’s business office and your insurance company to find out what is covered and what may not be. As you go along, keep careful records and fill out all claim forms promptly and completely.

10. Are there any support groups available to me?

Having any type of cancer is rough, so knowing about a support group in your area can be invaluable. Having the support and friendship of other people experiencing the same type of issue as you is particularly helpful.

Getting a Second Opinion

Getting a second opinion about any serious health issue is advisable, whether it is a diagnosis of cervical cancer, uterine fibroid tumors or anything else. In fact, some insurance companies require that you get a second opinion before proceeding with cancer treatment.

Letting your doctor know is a courtesy. Most doctors don’t have a problem with this and will supply you with your medical records to avoid repeat tests, saving you time and money.

Resources

Fayed, Lisa. (2007). Questions To Ask Your Doctor After Being Diagnosed With Cervical Cancer. Retrieved July 3, 2007 from http://cancer.about.com/od/cervicalcancerbasics/tp/questionscc.htm.

iVillage.com. (n.d.). Cervical Cancer: Questions To Ask Your Doctor. Retrieved July 3, 2007 from http://health.ivillage.com/gynecologiccancer/cc/0,,hco_95zkzsh4,00.html.

OncologyChannel.com. (2007). Questions To Ask Your Doctor About Cancer. Retrieved July 3, 2007 from http://www.oncologychannel.com/questions.shtml.