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Liver Cancer Questions

For people who have recently been diagnosed with liver cancer, questions of all sorts may come to mind; however, the shock and stress that often accompany a liver cancer diagnosis may make it difficult for a person to remember all the questions he or she would like to ask the doctor. The following article contains lists of liver cancer questions that people with the disease may wish to ask their doctors.

Liver Cancer Questions: An Introduction

Many people with liver cancer want to take an active part in making decisions about their medical care. They want to learn all they can about liver cancer and their liver cancer treatment options. However, the shock and stress that can accompany a liver cancer diagnosis can make it hard to think of everything to ask the doctor.
Often, it helps to make a list of questions before an appointment. To help remember what the doctor says, patients may take notes or ask whether they may use a tape recorder. Some also want to have a family member or friend with them when they talk to the doctor -- to take part in the discussion, to take notes, or just to listen.

Questions to Ask Before a Biopsy

A patient who needs to have a biopsy may want to ask the doctor some or all of the following questions:
  • Why do I need a biopsy? How will the biopsy affect my treatment plan?
  • What kind of biopsy will I have?
  • How long will it take? Will I be awake? Will it hurt?
  • Is there a risk that the biopsy procedure will cause the cancer to spread? What are the chances of infection or bleeding after the biopsy? Are there any other risks?
  • How soon will I know the results?
  • If I do have liver cancer, who will talk with me about treatment? When?
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