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Discussion Boardquestions to ask your doctor was posted 11/13/2000 09:09 am by peter argani
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Hi Cathy: If you are in the midst of dealing with bile duct
cancer, you have a lot on your mind and you may have
difficulty knowing where to start. Since every patient has a unique
case, your doctors are your best source of information and you have
every right to ask them questions. Heather
Sentkoski, a clinical social worker at Johns Hopkins, has compiled the
following list of questions as a guideline. Here are her
suggestions: If you are meeting with a surgeon or oncologist
for the first time, do not be afraid to ask:
Have you ever treated a bile duct cancer patient before?
If this is a surgeon, how many surgeries have you performed on bile duct
cancer patients? What has the general outcome of those
patients been? Where were you trained? (medical school,
residency) Which surgeons did you study under?
At any point in the relationship with your physican, you have the
right to ask: What is the diagnosis?
What treatments are recommended? Are there other
treatment options available that you do not provide?
(i.e. protocol treatments, herbal therapy, touch therapy, other alternative
therapies) What are the benefits of
each treatment? What are the side effects of each
treatment? What are the medications being prescribed?
What are they for? What are
their side effects? Are there any clinical drug trials I
can participate in? How should I expect to feel during
the treatment(s)? What are the risks of the
treatment(s)? Will my diet need to be changed or
modified? Will I need to take enzymes, vitamins, etc?
Do not forget to ask about the things that are most important
to you: How will this affect my ability to work?
Can this treatment be done as an outpatient so that I can spend
more time at home with family? Will
I have any physical limitations? How will my current
lifestyle be changed? Finally - and most importantly - ask
these questions of YOURSELF: Does my doctor appear
interested in answering my questions? Or, does my doctor
look annoyed when I ask questions, like I'm doubting their
expertise or I am holding them up? Do I feel that my
doctor cares about my medical outcome? If you are
uncomfortable with the results of some of these questions, you may want to
re-evaluate your choice of physician or get a second opinion. At
Hopkins, we have several surgeons who specialize in treating bile duct
cancers (Drs. Cameron, Yeo, Lillimoe, Choti). If you do chose to get a
second opinion on your father's tumor, I would suggest that you contact one
of them. Their office phone numbers are listed on the web site.Best of luck,
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