What to ask your doctor or surgeon
Suggestions on what to ask your doctor or surgeon before treatment include:
- Exactly what procedure will be performed on you?
- What is the aim of the procedure? For example, will the procedure offer a diagnosis, cure or pain relief?
- What are the expected benefits of the procedure?
- What will happen during the procedure?
- Will general or local anaesthesia be needed and what are the associated risks of the chosen anaesthesia?
- What is the success rate for the procedure?
- What side effects can you expect? For example, how much pain will you have afterwards?
- Are there any possible risks? For example, could there be accidental damage to other areas of the body during the operation?
- What are the possible complications of the procedure? For example, is infection of the surgical wound likely?
- Do you have individual risk factors? For example, factors such as age, general health and other chronic medical problems may increase your risk of complications in some cases.
- How long will it take to recover? When can you resume normal everyday activities, work and exercise?
- Are there other treatment options that may offer good alternatives; for example, a different type of medical procedure, prescription medications or lifestyle changes (such as regular exercise or dietary modifications)?
- What will happen if you have no treatment?
DeeMeee wrote:...Surgeon states scans showed nothing surprising or unexpected, based on what they knew beforehand. He wants a colonoscopy, prior to surgery.He is opting to monitor how his treatment goes, revisit at 2 month scan and intervals thereafter...
Green Tea wrote:Notes on Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for today's meeting with the oncologist.
boxhill wrote:Yay, Keytruda! Keeping all appendages crossed that he responds well--and quicckly!
I'm sure you aware at this point that there is a possibility of false progression in the first few months, as the T cells rushing into tumors and cancerous lymph nodes can bulk them up. And it can definitely take longer than 3 months so see a significant response. (One reason why my onc wanted to wait 4 months before scanning.) So if everything isn't ideal at 3 months, don't despair.
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