Health Library

Health Library Explorer
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A-Z Listings
Click a letter to see a list of conditions beginning with that letter.
Click 'Topic Index' to return to the index for the current topic.
Click 'Library Index' to return to the listing of all topics.

Laryngeal Cancer: Treatment Questions

Talking with healthcare providers about cancer can be overwhelming. It can be hard to take in all of the information. It helps to be prepared. Make a list of questions and bring them with you to your appointments. Make sure you ask how the treatment will change your daily life, including how you eat, your ability to talk, and how you will look and feel after treatment. Ask how successful the treatment is expected to be, and what the risks and possible side effects are. Write the answers down in a notebook. You may also want to ask a friend or family member to go with you. They can take notes, write down the answers, and ask questions you may not think of.

Here are some questions you might want to ask:

Deciding on a treatment

  • Where exactly is the cancer?

  • What is the grade and stage of my cancer?

  • Has the cancer spread anywhere else in my body?

  • Are there other tests that need to be done before we can decide on treatment?

  • Are there other healthcare providers I need to see?

  • What are my treatment choices?

  • What treatment do you think is best for me? Why?

  • What are the goals of the treatment?

  • How will treatment affect how I eat? How I talk? How I look?

  • Will this treatment affect my ability to have children?

  • What is the success rate of this treatment for my type and stage of laryngeal cancer?

  • What will we do if this treatment doesn't work?

  • How long will I be able to live with my stage of cancer getting this treatment?

  • How much experience do you have treating laryngeal cancer?

  • Should I get a second opinion? Is there another healthcare provider you recommend?

  • Are there any clinical trials that I can apply for?

  • How much will treatment cost? Will my insurance cover it? How much will I have to pay?

  • Do you have a social worker, case manager, or another person who can help me throughout my care?

  • Will I be able to work during treatment?

Getting ready for treatment

  • Is there anything I can do to get ready for treatment?

  • Do I need to see another specialist, such as a plastic surgeon, nutritionist, or speech therapist?

  • How long will I need to get treatment?

  • How long will each treatment take?

  • Where do I have to go for the treatment?

  • Who will give me the treatment?

  • Does someone need to come with me during treatments?

  • Will I be able to drive myself or take public transportation? Do you offer transportation assistance?

  • Can I take my other medicines during treatment?

Coping during treatment

  • What side effects should I expect during and after treatment?

  • How long will the side effects last?

  • Are there side effects that I need to call you about?

  • How do I reach you after hours and on weekends?

  • What can I do to ease the side effects?

  • What kind of toothpaste and mouth washes do you recommend?

  • Should I change my diet? What foods can't I eat?

  • Will I be able to go to work and be around my family?

  • How will we know if treatment is working?

  • Are there any support groups nearby or online that I can join?

After treatment

  • How will I feel after treatment?

  • What will I look like after treatment?

  • How will I eat and breathe after treatment?

  • Will I be able to talk after treatment?

  • What type of follow-up will I need after treatment?

  • How will we know if treatment worked?

  • What is the risk of the cancer coming back? Is there anything I can do to help prevent this?

Online Medical Reviewer: Jessica Gotwals RN BSN MPH
Online Medical Reviewer: Sabrina Felson MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Todd Gersten MD
Date Last Reviewed: 2/1/2023
© 2000-2024 The StayWell Company, LLC. All rights reserved. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.