Talking with Your Doctor

Frequently Asked Questions

19. What should I know before I make a decision about a medical treatment?

Ask your doctor about the pros and cons of each treatment option. Find out what will be the benefits and risks to you and how it will impact your overall health. You may also want to find out how long the treatment would take and how likely it is to work for you.

When deciding on a treatment, also think about how it will impact your overall life. For instance, if you are choosing between a few options, think about how each treatment's side effects may have an impact on daily activities that mean a lot to you. You may decide on an option that changes your life the least.

If you do not like any of the options, ask if there are other choices. If cost is a concern, ask the doctor if there is a less expensive option or if your insurance will pay for it. It is also important to ask how soon treatment should start. The doctor can work with you to make a treatment plan that meets your needs.