Questions for your doctor
Here are some questions to ask your doctor to learn more about anal cancer, and your care and treatment options. If your doctor gives you answers that you don’t understand, ask for clarification.
- What type of anal cancer do I have? What part of the anus is affected?
- Has the cancer spread?
- What treatment do you recommend?
- What are the risks and possible side effects?
- Are there any other treatment options for me?
- Will the treatment affect my sexual function or pleasure?
- Will the treatment affect my fertility?
- Do I have HPV? Can I pass on HPV to my partner? Should I or my partner get vaccinated against HPV?
- Are there any clinical trials or studies I could join?
- How often will I need check-ups?
- If the cancer comes back, how will I know? What treatments could I have?
Dr Tiffany Daly, Radiation Oncologist, Radiation Oncology Princess Alexandra Raymond Terrace (ROPART), QLD; Polly Baldwin, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council SA; Heather Kavanagh, Colorectal Cancer Nurse Coordinator, Royal North Shore Hospital, NSW; Judy Koch, Consumer; A/Prof Craig Lynch, Colorectal Surgeon and Chair, Colorectal Cancer Service, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC; Dr David Millar, Sexual Health Physician, Perth Men’s Health, WA; Julie O’Rourke, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Radiation Oncology, Canberra Hospital, ACT.
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