Preparing for your Appointment

If you experience these signs then you need to talk to your doctor and if he determines you have cancer, he may refer you to other specialist like:

  • Doctors who treat cancer (oncologists)
  • Doctors who treat cancer with radiation (radiation oncologists)
  • Doctors who treat diseases of the blood and blood-forming tissues (hematologists)
  • Surgeons

What you can do

  • Be aware of any pre-appointment restrictions such as diet restriction.
  • Write down any symptoms you’re experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
  • Write down key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes.
  • Write down your family’s history of cancer.
  • Make a list of all medications, vitamins or supplements that you’re taking.
  • Consider taking a family member or friend along.
  • Write down questions to ask your doctor.

What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Being ready to answer them may allow time later to cover other points you want to address. Your doctor may ask:

  • When did you first begin experiencing symptoms?
  • Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?