Questions to Ask After Your Diagnosis

If you or someone close to you has been given a diagnosis of cutaneous lymphoma, you probably have many questions and concerns. You may not even be sure about what kinds of questions to ask. Having a prepared list of questions for your healthcare provider can help you get the information you need to make informed decisions.  

For illustrative purposes only.
Questions You May Ask Related to Your Diagnosis

Diagnosis:

  • What type of cutaneous lymphoma do I have?
  • Should I get a second opinion?

 

Stage:

  • What stage is my cutaneous lymphoma?
  • How advanced is my stage of disease?
  • What treatment is appropriate for my stage of cutaneous lymphoma?
Questions You May Ask Related to Treatment

Treatment:

  • Why are you recommending this particular treatment?
  • Is there any written material about the recommended treatment that we can take home to read?
  • What are the goals of this treatment?
  • How long will the treatment last?
  • What are the risks of this treatment?

 

Side Effects:

  • What are the side effects of this treatment?
  • Are there ways to manage the side effects?
  • How do we know if a side effect is severe enough to warrant calling you?

 

Preparing for Treatment:

  • Where can I get treatment? 
  • Is there a location near my home?
  • What do we need to do to prepare for this treatment?
  • Is there anything that’s important to avoid before or during treatment?
  • Can you tell us what to expect during treatment -- where does it take place, how long does it last, and is it uncomfortable?
  • How do patients typically feel after treatment, both immediately afterward and in the days that follow?
  • What’s the best way for us to contact you when we have more questions about the treatment?

 

Treatment Options:

  • Are there other treatment options available for cutaneous lymphoma and what are the pros and cons of each?
  • Are there any new treatment options or clinical trials we should be aware of?
Other Questions You May Want to Ask

Experience:

  • How many cases of cutaneous lymphoma do you see a year?

 

Daily Living:

  • Is it a good idea to make certain diet or lifestyle changes, and how can friends and family help with these?

Learn More

Which Type of Doctor Should I See and When?

Being diagnosed with cutaneous lymphoma can be a difficult time. Determining which physician (dermatologist, oncologist or hematologist) to work with can be confusing. Dr. Laura McGirt provides guidelines for choosing.

OBTAINING A PROPER CUTANEOUS LYMPHOMA DIAGNOSIS

Uncommon diseases pose a number of challenges, including difficulty getting an accurate diagnosis. A definitive diagnosis will help inform treatment decisions and potentially yield better patient-related outcomes over time.

Staging Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma

Staging describes how much of the body is affected by cutaneous lymphoma and where. Identifying your stage is important in determining appropriate treatment.
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