Questions to Ask about Targeted Therapy

It is important to have a good relationship with the doctor treating your cancer and your entire health care team. Below are some questions to consider asking your doctor about targeted treatments appropriate to treat your disease.

Cost is frequently a factor in cancer treatment so it’s important to find out about insurance coverage of biomarker tests and targeted treatments. Some questions you may want to ask are also noted below.

Questions to ask your doctor about targeted treatments
  • Are there targeted therapies available to treat my type of cancer?
  • Are there biomarker tests that I should take to determine if a targeted treatment or immunotherapy can be used with my type of cancer?
  • If a targeted treatment is available for my cancer, is it used alone or in combination with chemotherapy, radiation or other therapy?
  • How does the targeted treatment work?
  • What side effects should I expect from a targeted treatment vs. the standard of care?

Questions to ask about insurance payments
  • Will insurance cover the targeted therapy?
  • Will I have a co-pay? How much?
  • Will the targeted therapy be covered only if I have specific biomarkers?
  • Will insurance pay for the biomarker test?

For more information please see our Cost of Care section, or read Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Coping with the Cost of Care.

Click here for important questions to ask about clinical trials.

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