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Kidney Cancer: Talking with Your Healthcare Professional

You and your healthcare provider will need to work together to make treatment choices that are best for you. Here are some questions to help you begin a discussion. It is helpful to write your questions down before your appointments, and bring the list with you. Doing so will help you make the best use of your time together.

  • Do I have kidney cancer?
  • Has my cancer spread beyond my kidneys?
  • Can my kidney cancer be cured?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • How long will treatment last?
  • Are there any risks or side effects associated with my treatment?
  • What will my recovery be like? 
  • How long will it take for me to recover from treatment?
  • What are the chances of cancer coming back?
  • Should I also see a nephrologist (kidney doctor)?  Will you be partnering with a nephrologist about my care?
  • Should I get a second opinion?
  • How much experience do you have treating this kind of cancer?
  • Are there any clinical trials I should think about?

See also:

What is Kidney Cancer?

Who is at Risk?

How is Kidney Cancer Found?

Treatments for Kidney Cancer

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