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Once the shock of the initial diagnosis is past, you may find that you have melanoma questions. You may want to know about your treatment options, what to expect during treatment, and what to do after treatment. By asking your doctor these and other melanoma questions, you can gain a better understanding of your condition and play a more active role in your healthcare.
People who learn that they have cancer may worry about melanoma treatment, managing side effects, and medical bills. Some people find that it is helpful to make a list of questions prior to their appointment.
Questions to ask the doctor before a biopsy may include:
- Why do I need a biopsy?
- How long will it take? Will it hurt?
- Will the entire tumor be removed?
- What side effects can I expect?
- How soon will I know the results?
- If I do have cancer, who will talk to me about treatment? When?
Questions to ask the doctor before treatment for melanoma begins may include:
- What is my diagnosis?
- What is the stage of my disease?
- What are my treatment choices? Which do you recommend for me? Why?
- What are the benefits of each kind of treatment?
- What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment?
- How will I feel after surgery?
- If I have pain, how will it be controlled?
- Will I need more treatment after surgery?
- Will there be a scar? Will I need a skin graft or plastic surgery?
- What is the treatment likely to cost?
- Will treatment affect my normal activities? If so, for how long?
- How often will I need checkups?
- Would a clinical trial (research study) be appropriate for me? Can you help me find one?