Questions about stomach cancer

Below are some questions about stomach cancer to ask your doctor to learn about the disease, and your care and treatment options. If your doctor gives you answers that you don’t understand, ask for clarification.

  • What type of cancer do I have?
  • How far has the cancer spread? How fast is it growing?
  • What treatment do you recommend and why?
  • Are there other treatment choices for me? If not, why not?
  • What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment?
  • How long will treatment take? Will I have to stay in hospital?
  • How much will treatment cost? How can the cost be reduced?
  • Will I have a lot of pain with the treatment? How will this be managed?
  • How will the treatment affect the way I eat and digest food?
  • Should I change my diet during or after treatment?
  • Can I be referred to a dietitian?
  • Are the latest tests and treatments for this type of cancer available in this hospital?
  • Are there any clinical trials or research studies I could join?
  • How frequently will I need check-ups after treatment?
  • Who should I see for my check-up appointments?
  • Are there any complementary therapies that might help me?
  • If the cancer comes back, how will I know?
  • How soon will I be able to go back to work? Travel overseas?
  • Will my digestive system ever go back to feeling normal?

This information was last reviewed in September 2017
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