At first, the information you learn about treatment options may seem overwhelming. You may ease the stress by allowing yourself the time to gather as much information as possible about the cancer and its treatment. That way, you can discuss the issues with your doctors, nurses, and loved ones. In most instances, taking a few days to make a thoughtful decision about your treatment will not make a difference in your ability to be cured of the sarcoma.
You may find it helpful to make a list of your questions before seeing your doctor. To make it easier to remember what your doctor says, take notes during meetings, or ask if you can record the conversation. It may also help to have a family member or friend with you to take part in the discussion, take notes, or just listen. Use the list of questions below as a starting place for the questions you might ask:
What treatments do you think are best for me and why?
What treatments do you think are not for me and why?
What is the success rate of this particular treatment for my type and stage of soft tissue sarcoma?
Can I take my other medicines during the treatment period?
What is the length of the treatment period?
How long will each treatment take?
Where do I have to go for the treatment?
Who is involved in giving me the treatment?
Does someone need to go with me during treatments?
Will the treatment cure me?
What are the chances that I will lose function of the affected area?
What can I do to keep the cancer from recurring?
How will I feel after the treatment?
What side effects can I expect to have?
How long will side effects last?
Are there side effects that I need to call you about?
What can I do to ease the side effects?
Will I be able to go to work and be around my family?
Should I change my diet? What foods can’t I eat?
Are there any clinical trials I should look into?
Are there support groups nearby that I can join?