Osteosarcoma

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After Treatment TOPICS

Keeping good medical records

As much as you may want to put the experience behind you once treatment is completed, it is also very important to keep good records of your (child’s) medical care during this time. Gathering these details soon after treatment may be easier than trying to get them at some point in the future. This can be very helpful later on if you (or your child) change doctors. Be sure the doctors have the following information, and always keep copies for yourself:

  • A copy of the pathology report(s) from any biopsies or surgeries
  • Copies of imaging tests (CT or MRI scans, etc.), which can usually be stored digitally (on a DVD, etc.)
  • If there was surgery, a copy of the operative report(s)
  • If you (or your child) stayed in the hospital, copies of the discharge summaries that doctors prepare when patients are sent home
  • If chemo was given, a list of the drugs, drug doses, and when they were given
  • If radiation therapy was given, a summary of the type and dose of radiation and when and where it was given

It’s also very important to keep health insurance coverage. Tests and doctor visits cost a lot, and even though no one wants to think of the tumor coming back, this could happen.


Last Medical Review: 04/18/2014
Last Revised: 04/18/2014