What should you ask your doctor about multiple myeloma?
As you deal with your cancer and the process of treatment, you need to have frank, open discussions with your cancer care team. You should ask any question on your mind. Among the questions you might want to ask are
- What is my stage of multiple myeloma? What does the staging mean to me?
- What treatment choices do I have?
- Based on what you've learned about my cancer, how long do you think I'll survive?
- What side effects can I expect from my treatment?
- How long will it take me to recover from treatment?
- When can I go back to work or resume other activities after treatment?
- What are the chances that my cancer will recur?
- Does one type of treatment reduce the risk of recurrence more than another?
- What should I do to be ready for treatment?
- Should I get a second opinion?
You will no doubt have other questions about your personal situation. Be sure to write down your questions so that you remember to ask them during each visit with your cancer care team. Also keep in mind that doctors are not the only ones who can provide you with information. Other health care professionals, such as nurses and social workers, may have the answers you seek.
Last Medical Review: 01/15/2013
Last Revised: 02/12/2013