Discovering your cancer has returned after a period of partial or complete remission can be scary and unexpected. If you or a loved one has received a recurrent cancer diagnosis, we suggest starting the conversation with your doctor using these questions:
What are the limitations to my treatment plan? Understanding why certain treatment options are not available to you can help you to make a clear choice regarding the options your doctor does recommend. When a radiation oncologist prepares your treatment plan, a number of factors are considered and these may have changed since you last received treatment.
What treatment options are available to me? Consider all treatment options before undergoing any procedure. Be comfortable asking for a second opinion so you feel confident and educated about your ultimate decision.
How will the treatment plan affect my quality of life? This question will help you to understand the full scope of side effects and benefits to your preferred treatment choice. Doing so can help you to rearrange your daily routine if needed, and prepare you for the emotional aspect of cancer.
These questions will give you and your loved ones an excellent starting point to help you feel comfortable with your diagnosis and confident in your care team. At CyberKnife Center of Chicago, our staff works to answers these and any additional questions you may have before treatment begins. Our experienced nurse navigator will help to guide you through the process and stay connected with your primary physician to provide you with the most personalized care.
For more information on how to proceed when cancer comes back, call our center at (331) 221-2050.
This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.