Childhood Leukemia Overview

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What are some questions you can ask the doctor about childhood leukemia?

As you cope with your child’s cancer and cancer treatment, we encourage you to have honest, open talks with the doctor. Feel free to ask any question, 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 write down exactly what kind of leukemia my child has?
  • Are there any factors that might affect my child’s outlook?
  • Are there other tests that need to be done before we can decide on treatment?
  • Are there other doctors we need to see?
  • How much experience do you have treating this type of leukemia?
  • Should we get a second opinion?
  • What are our treatment choices?
  • What do you recommend and why?
  • Should we think about a stem cell transplant?
  • What should we do to be ready for treatment?
  • How long will treatment last? What will it be like?
  • How much of the treatment will need to be done in the hospital?
  • How will treatment affect our daily activities?
  • What are the risks or side effects of the treatments you recommend?
  • Which side effects start shortly after treatment and which ones may happen later on?
  • Will treatment affect my child’s ability to learn, grow, and develop?
  • Will treatment affect my child’s future ability to have children?
  • What are the chances of curing the leukemia?
  • What would our options be if the treatment doesn’t work or if the leukemia comes back?
  • What type of follow-up will we need after treatment?
  • How will we pay for treatment? Will our insurance cover all or part of it?
  • Can we talk to support groups or other families who have been through this?

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Last Medical Review: 11/11/2013
Last Revised: 02/03/2014