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As you cope with cancer and cancer treatment, you need to have honest, open talks with your doctor. You should 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.

  • What is the stage (risk group) of my leukemia? What does that mean for me?
  • Will I need other tests before we can decide on treatment?
  • How much experience do you have treating this type of cancer?
  • Should I get a second opinion?
  • Should I be treated at this time? Why or why not?
  • What are my treatment choices?
  • Which treatment do you recommend, and why?
  • What risks and side effects are there with the treatments you recommend?
  • What should I do to be ready for treatment?
  • How long will treatment last? What will it be like? Where will it be done?
  • How will treatment affect my daily activities?
  • If I have any chemo side effects, what can I do to help reduce them?
  • What are the chances that my leukemia will come back after treatment?
  • What will we do if the treatment doesn't work or if the leukemia recurs?
  • What type of follow-up will I need after treatment?
  • What is my outlook?

Be sure to write down any other questions as well.

Last Medical Review: 01/30/2015
Last Revised: 02/23/2016