Your doctor may have made recommendations for treatment based on his or her experience, but you might want to hear a different perspective. Knowing all your treatment options, and the pros and cons of each, can help you make the most informed decision about your care.
You also may want to talk to someone at a specialized cancer center to make sure you have access to the latest technology and research. Getting as much information as you can, even if you end up with your original doctor for treatment, is always helpful for understanding the possibilities of treatment and care, according to Erika Schwartz, M.D., a physician in New York City.
“Write down questions in advance, and talk about your fears around different treatment choices [with your doctors],” Dr. Schwartz says. “The more info you have, the better informed you can be when making your decision.”