We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions newly diagnosed patients often have. These are by no means the only answers you’ll want, so we encourage you to make an appointment to discuss your specific diagnosis and treatment path. We also encourage you to bring a trusted friend or family member with you to appointments to listen with you, take notes, and help you learn more about your care.
HOW DID I GET CANCER?
The reason people develop cancer is not well understood. There are some known carcinogens (materials that can cause cancer), but many are still undiscovered, and we don’t know why some people who are exposed to carcinogens get cancer and others do not. The length and amount of exposure are believed to affect the chances of developing a disease. For example, exposure to cigarette smoking increases the chance of developing lung cancer. Genetics also plays an important role in whether you develop cancer. For example, certain types of breast cancer have a genetic component.
WHY DO I NEED SO MANY TESTS?
Testing is used to diagnose your type of cancer and stage. It is also used to determine your prognosis, or probable outcome, along with your age, level of fitness, and the aggressiveness of your cancer.
CAN I HAVE A COPY OF MY LABS?
Yes, you can request a copy of your labs from our office staff or you can view your lab results on the LMG patient portal.
HOW OFTEN WILL I SEE MY DOCTOR?
You will see your oncologist throughout your treatment for scan reviews. You will also meet regularly with one of our providers who will manage your symptoms and coordinate any day-to-day care you may need during the course of your treatment.
WILL I NEED CHEMOTHERAPY?
When you meet with your doctor, you’ll discuss the treatment options that exist for your type and stage of cancer. Some cancers require only a watch-and-wait approach while others require treatment like chemotherapy.
WILL I LOSE MY HAIR?
Not all treatments will cause you to lose your hair. If you are receiving a regimen that causes hair loss, it will usually occur after your second cycle of treatment.