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Here are some questions you might ask your healthcare provider:

  • Do I have kidney cancer?
  • What is the stage and grade of my cancer and what does that mean?
  • Has the mass spread anywhere else? 
  • Is the mass likely to grow or spread some more?
  • Do I need other tests before we can decide on treatment?
  • What are my treatment choices? Which do you think I should choose, and why?
  • What should I expect after the procedure?
  • Will I have a lot of pain? How will my pain be managed?
  • Will I be cured after treatment?
  • What are the chances that the mass will return after treatment?
  • What risks or side effects should I expect from treatment? For how long?
  • What can I do to keep my kidneys functioning in a health manner?
  • What should I do to get myself ready for treatment? 
  • What will we do if the treatment doesn't work?
  • Can you recommend another urologist for a second opinion?
  • What more can I do to protect my health?
  • How often will I need to have checkups after treatment?
  • How long will I need to stay in the hospital?
  • Following surgery, will I need additional treatment?