Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Video #15: Following diagnosis, questions to ask your doctor before treatment

David and Debbie provide 5 questions to ask your physician after receiving your cancer diagnosis, but before choosing to receive treatment. They encourage you to print the questions below and take them with you to your physician as you discuss options for your care.


Summary of questions to ask your physician:

#1 – “So doctor, what are all my treatment options, what are the pros and cons of each, and what is my life expectancy with, and without treatment?”

#2 – “I’ve heard about ‘palliative care.’ What is it, and will you refer me to a palliative care physician or nurse?”

#3 – “If I choose treatment, what are the most common side effects, when will they appear, and what can I do for them?”

#4 – “How much is all this going to cost me?”

#5 – “Who will be my ‘quarterback,’ the one who will be managing all the care I am about to receive? 


  1. Thank you so much for this; I wish I'd had someone to help 'point the way' when I was caring for my father...and am thankful that I now have something to share with my family and caregivers thanks to the both of you.

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  3. Dear David and Debbie,

    I've just discovered your blog and videos while researching to write a book, and have found your videos not only informative, but also very touching and full of positive energy. In fact, by reaching out to others and opening your hearts and home to so many, you will have more impact than you know, and that is a beautiful thing. I think your videos are truly empowering and will help people going through cancer to feel like they have more control and power over their journey.

    Thank you again for your words of wisdom, and good luck to both of you. Happy new year!

    (from a social worker in Montreal, Qc)

  4. Rappelz writing this text! video poor but so, everyone started


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