Leukemia--Acute Myeloid (Myelogenous) Overview

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What are some questions I should ask my doctor about acute myeloid leukemia?

As you cope with cancer and cancer treatment, we encourage you to have honest, open talks with your doctor. Feel free to ask any question that's on your mind, 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?
  • Are there any specific factors that might affect my outlook?
  • Do other tests need to be done before we can decide on treatment?
  • How much experience do you and this medical center have treating this type of cancer?
  • Should I get a second opinion?
  • What treatment choices do I have?
  • Which treatment do you recommend, and why?
  • What are the risks and side effects of the treatments you recommend?
  • What can I do to be ready for treatment?
  • How long will treatment last? What will it involve? Where will it be done?
  • How will treatment affect my daily activities?
  • What can I do to help reduce the side effects I may have from the chemo?
  • Should we think about a stem cell transplant? If so, when?
  • What are the chances that my leukemia will come back once I am in remission?
  • What is the outlook for my survival?
  • What will 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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Last Medical Review: 06/27/2013
Last Revised: 02/07/2014