• What question should be prepared for the doctor when waiting for biopsy results?

    Asked by HardyGirl on Wednesday, May 8, 2013

    What question should be prepared for the doctor when waiting for biopsy results?

    I want to be ready when I go back.

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • carm's Avatar

      So I assume you are talking about an endometrial biopsy result. I would ask for a copy of the report before anything else. If he proposes a treatment, ask for TWO options and a few days to decide so that you can research both options. It really doesn't matter so much in oncology what the stage is, it is the grade that matters. If cancer is detected, ask what type of cancer, germ cell, squamous, adenocarcinoma. This information will drive the therapy. Don't ask him to give a prognosis because you can't get that off a biopsy. If you ask these things he will see that you are the type that will be involved in any decisions because you are making the effort to learn. Ask what his opinion is on therapies like alternative or how aggressive he is. Does he believe in first strike or a watchful wait. And most importantly, if you should decide to seek a second opinion, if you got an alternate therapy recommendation and you brought that suggestion to him, would he be open to trying it with you. Best of luck, Carm RN.

      over 4 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Wow, I think you've done it again, Carm--best answer; no others needed! So great to have you on this site, Carm! And Hardy Girl, the best of luck to you on your biops results!

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      The only thing i would add to Carm's answer, is ask for contact information - an e-mail and/or phone number, so you can ask any follow questions or clarifications after the visit. Getting test results means lots of info to absorb and it's difficult to integrated it all. take someone with you and and have a note book to write down the information you are given.

      Best of luck.

      over 4 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      If he recommends chemo or radiation, ask what facilities he recommends and what chemo/rad oncologists he would be referring you to. I sort of went the other direction as the medical oncologist met w/me first (my cancer was discovered during a hernia repair, so I was already in the hospital, and he was the oncologist on duty that day). He referred me to my surgical oncologist. And my biggest recommendation, if you don't already do it, take a notebook w/you. Write down all your questions and take notes during the appointment. Both my docs are used to this from me. I hope you get good news.

      over 4 years ago

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