What are some questions I can ask my doctor about acute lymphocytic leukemia?
It is important to have open discussions with your doctor. Feel free to ask any question you have, no matter how small it might seem. Here are some questions you might want to ask. Be sure to add your own questions as you think of them. Nurses, social workers, and other members of the treatment team may also be able to answer many of your questions.
- Would you please write down the exact type of leukemia I have?
- What are the factors that might affect my outlook?
- Are there other tests that need to be done before we can decide on treatment?
- Are there other doctors I need to see?
- How much experience do you have treating this type of leukemia?
- Should I get a second opinion before starting treatment? Can you suggest someone?
- What treatment choices do I have?
- Which treatment do you recommend, and why?
- Should we consider a stem cell transplant? When?
- How soon do we need to start treatment?
- Should we think about a stem cell transplant? When?
- What risks and side effects are there to the treatments you recommend?
- What can I do to help reduce the side effects I may have from the chemo?
- How long will treatment last? What will it involve? Where will it be done?
- How will treatment affect my daily activities?
- What are the chances that my leukemia will come back once I am in remission?
- What is the outlook for my survival?
- What would we do if the treatment doesn't work or if the leukemia comes back?
- What type of follow-up will I need after treatment?
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