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What are some questions I can ask the doctor about osteosarcoma?

As you cope with your (or your child’s) cancer and cancer treatment, we encourage you to have honest, open talks with the doctor. 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.

  • Would you please write down the exact kind of cancer this is?
  • Has the cancer spread beyond the bone where it started?
  • What is the stage of the cancer and what does that mean?
  • Are there other tests that need to be done before we can decide on treatment?
  • How much experience do you have treating this type of cancer?
  • What other doctors will we need to see?
  • What treatment choices are there?
  • What do you suggest and why?
  • How long will treatment last? What will it involve? Where will it be done?
  • How will treatment affect our daily lives?
  • What is the goal of this treatment?
  • What should we do to get ready for treatment?
  • What are the possible risks and side effects of the suggested treatments? Which side effects start shortly after treatment and which ones may happen later on?
  • How might treatment affect my child’s ability to grow and develop?
  • Are there fertility issues we need to think about?
  • What risks or side effects are there to the treatment you suggest?
  • What are the chances of the cancer coming back after treatment?
  • What would we do if this happens?
  • What type of follow up and rehabilitation will be needed after treatment?

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Last Medical Review: 01/24/2013
Last Revised: 01/24/2013