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As much as you may want to put the cancer behind you once treatment is over, it is very important to keep good records of all treatments. This can be very helpful for you or for your child later on as an adult. Gathering these details soon after treatment may be easier than trying to get them at some point in the future. Be sure the doctors have the following information, and always keep copies for yourself:

  • A copy of the pathology report from any biopsies or surgeries
  • If surgery was done, a copy of the operative report
  • If you (or your child) stayed in the hospital, copies of the discharge summaries that the doctor wrote when you (or your child) were sent home
  • If chemo was given, a list of the drugs, drug doses, and when they were given
  • If radiation was given, a summary of the type and dose of radiation and when and where it was given
  • Copies of all imaging tests (these can be put onto a DVD, etc.)
  • The names and contact information of the doctors who treated the cancer

Last Medical Review: 06/13/2014
Last Revised: 01/27/2016