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Title: Top 10 Questions You Need To Ask Your Oncologist
Post by: danialthomas on October 13, 2019, 04:06:49 pm
Cancer is a serious and terrifying disease. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, your mind is probably filled with fear, worry, and questions. Therefore, it is extremely important to talk openly and frankly with your oncologist. To better understand your disease and your treatment options, it is imperative to ask the right questions. If you are determined to beat cancer, here are the top 10 questions you need to ask your oncologist:

1. What is the rationale for your recommended treatment and is your expectation curative (achieving long-term remission) or palliative (only improving quality of life)?
2. What are the likely side effects of treatment and how will you deal with each of them?
3. How do you plan to prevent damage to the DNA and mitochondria of my normal (healthy) cells?
4. Treatment resistance, systemic toxicity, and immunosuppression are leading causes of treatment failure and subsequent mortality. What is your plan to overcome these challenges if they occur?
5. How many of the following hallmarks of cancer will you be targeting: a) Genetic instability, b) sustained proliferation, c) replicative immortality, d) dysregulated metabolism, e) evading growth suppressors, f) resisting cell death, g) tumor-promoting inflammation, h) angiogenesis, i) tissue invasion and metastasis, and j) immune evasion?
6. Cancer stem cells are thought to be a root cause of cancer metastasis, treatment resistance, and disease recurrence. What will you be doing to target my cancer stem cells since chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery do not target these cells and can, in fact, stimulate them to proliferate and spread?
7. What will you be doing to strengthen my immune system to help fight cancer?
8. Studies have shown that a significant percentage of cancer cases have their roots in diet and lifestyle. Also, chemotherapy and radiation can lead to nutritional deficiencies. To address these issues, what diet, lifestyle, and nutritional supplements do you recommend that may improve my treatment outcome?
9. What might my overall survival time be if I follow your recommendations compared to not following your recommendations?
10. Are you knowledgeable about alternative cancer treatments? If not, are you willing to work with physicians with expertise in integrative cancer therapies that can exploit the metabolic deficiencies of cancer cells and sensitize them to conventional therapy; provide nutritional support; enhance immunity; reduce the risk of cancer metastasis and recurrence, and help improve overall survival and quality of life?
 
The above questions will help you prepare for your appointment so you will come away from the visit with the crucial information you need to move forward and fight cancer properly. Do not be afraid to ask these questions. Your health and very life may be on the line, so insist on complete answers from your oncologist. Ask a friend or family member to accompany you as a second set of eyes and ears to listen to what the doctor says. And be sure to take notes for later reference.
 
Note: It is important to have your eyes wide open as you move forward, so please be aware that the oncologist may not be current in his or her understanding of cancer cell biology, what causes cancer, and how to prevent its recurrence. The oncologist may not be informed about the crucial role that nutrition plays in fighting cancer, may mock the idea of changing your diet and lifestyle, and may be dismissive of anything outside of conventional therapy. For many cancers, conventional therapy alone may not be enough. There are complementary and alternative treatments you should be aware of.
 
Dr. Daniel Thomas, DO, MS

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