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Stomach Cancer Questions to Ask Before Treatment

Patients may want to consider asking their doctor the following questions about treatment of the disease:
  • What is my stomach cancer stage?
  • What are my stomach cancer treatment choices? Which do you suggest for me? Why?
  • Would a clinical trial (research study) be a good choice for me?
  • Will I have more than one kind of treatment?
  • What are the expected benefits of each kind of treatment?
  • What are the risks and possible side effects associated with the treatments?
  • What can we do to control side effects I might experience?
  • How else can I take care of myself during treatment?
  • How will treatment affect my normal activities?
  • Am I likely to have eating or other problems?
  • Whom should I call if I have problems during treatment?
  • What is the treatment likely to cost? Does my insurance cover this treatment?
  • How often should I have checkups?
  • Is there any alternative stomach cancer treatment available that might help me?

Stomach Cancer Questions to Ask Before Surgery

Patients may want to ask their doctor the following questions concerning stomach cancer surgery:
  • What kind of surgery for stomach cancer do you recommend for me?
  • Will you remove lymph nodes? Will you remove other tissue? Why?
  • How will I feel after surgery?
  • Will I need a special diet?
  • If I have pain, how will you control it?
  • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • Am I likely to have eating problems?
  • Will I need a feeding tube? If so, for how long? How do I take care of it? Who can help me if I have a problem?
  • Will I have any lasting side effects?
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