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Twelve questions newly diagnosed cancer patients need to ask

Whether a complete surprise or not, hearing the words “You have cancer” can leave you shell-shocked

February 5, 2018 

Each year, more than a million Americans will receive a cancer diagnosis. Whether it is a complete surprise or already expected, hearing the words “You have cancer” can leave anyone shell-shocked and unable to focus on the rest of what the doctor may be saying.

After the initial phase of disbelief, this is when a patient needs to take control and begin asking their doctor important questions. Facing this challenge straight on empowers individuals to have a frank talk with their healthcare team preparing them for the battle ahead.

When a cancer patient is ready to ask questions, another family member or friend should be there at the same time to jot down notes. It can be hard to remember everything said later on. Here are important questions all cancer patients should ask when staring cancer in the face:

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