Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

Understanding your diagnosis

Being diagnosed with cancer and making treatment decisions can be overwhelming. It’s important to discuss your choices with your doctor and it’s always a good idea to get a second opinion.

To help you with the decisions you must make, you may want to talk to the members of your family about your options.

Take a family member or friend with you when you go to the doctor. This person can help you ask questions and keep track of the answers. Writing down your questions and your doctor’s answers can be helpful.

Learn everything you can about the choices available to you.

Find out the specific risks and benefits of each of your choices.

These are just a few tips to help you begin to understand your diagnosis.