Asking Questions: Who, When, How
Your doctors’ responses to your questions will be based largely on their training, experience, and judgments regarding your particular situation. Doctors also may be making a judgment as to how much they feel you want to know, how they feel you can deal with it, and their impressions of your ability to understand what is said.
We don’t suggest you ask every question contained in this booklet! Instead, think of these lists as a “menu” from which you make selections at times that are right for you. In addition to asking your doctor, other good sources of information for some questions may be your oncology nurse, hospital social worker, case manager, patient advocate, or pharmacist.