If you've been diagnosed with cancer, you'll have lots of questions. Because your time with the doctor is limited, it's helpful to prepare for the visit by prioritizing the questions that are important to you. You may want to start your discussion with a statement about your personal goal for this appointment (i.e., the main question or concern you want to address).

Let the doctor know in advance how involved you'd like to be in decision-making, and how much detailed information you'd like to be given. Keep in mind that you can direct questions about financial issues or emotional support to other members of the medical team or to the Patient and Family Cancer Support Center.