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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Basal Cell Carcinoma

If you are diagnosed with skin cancer, or have a pigmented lesion, it’s important to work with a team to create a treatment plan and coordinate your care throughout your entire treatment.

Below are some questions to ask your doctor about skin cancer and pigmented lesions.

Questions About Your Cancer Team

  • What is your experience in treating people with skin cancer?
  • Who else will be on my treatment team?

Questions About Diagnosis

  • What other diagnostic tests will I need?
  • What type of biopsy will be done?
  • Are cancer cells present anywhere else in my body?
  • What is the prognosis for recurrence?
  • Will I develop cancer elsewhere in my body?

Questions About Your Treatment

  • What are my treatment options? 
  • Do I need treatment right away?
  • Where will I get my care?
  • What are the treatment side effects?
  • Are there any complications from treatment?
  • What are the expected outcomes from my treatment? 
  • Am I eligible for a clinical trial?
  • Will I need reconstructive surgery?
  • What support services are available to me?
  • Are there any complementary therapies I can do while receiving cancer treatment?

Questions About Second Opinions

You may have the option to get a second opinion about your diagnosis and treatment recommendation. Our specialists at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center welcome patients who have received an initial diagnosis elsewhere

For a second opinion, call 800-789-7366 (PENN).

In addition to the questions above, here are some questions you may want to ask if you are getting a second opinion:

  • What labs/test results will I need to get a second opinion? 
  • How will you work with my primary care physician and/or care team?