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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Melanoma

If you are diagnosed with melanoma, 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 melanoma.

Questions For Your Cancer Team

  • What is your experience in treating people with melanoma?
  • Who else will be on my treatment team?
  • What other diagnostic tests or procedures will I need?
  • What type of surgery will be done?
  • Are cancer cells present anywhere else in my body?
  • What are my treatment options?

Questions About Diagnosis

  • What type of surgery will be done?
  • Are cancer cells present anywhere else in my body?
  • What is the chance for recurrence?
  • What is my prognosis?
  • Will I develop cancer elsewhere in my body?
  • Should I have genetic testing?

Questions About Your Treatment

  • Am I eligible for a clinical trial?
  • Do I need treatment right away?
  • Where will I get my care?
  • What are the treatment side effects?
    • Long-term
    • Short-term
    • Are there any complications from treatment?
    • Will treatment for my cancer affect my ability to have children?
    • 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 the 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?
  • Can you help coordinate my care close to home?
  • How will you work with my primary care physician and/or care team?