What should you ask your doctor about rhabdomyosarcoma?
It is important for you to understand as much as you can about your child's care. You should have frank, open discussions with your cancer care team. They want to answer all of your questions, no matter how minor they might seem. For instance, consider these questions:
- What kind of rhabdomyosarcoma does my child have?
- Has my child's tumor spread?
- Are there other tests that need to be done before we can decide on treatment?
- Which risk group does my child's cancer fall into, and what does that mean?
- How much experience do you have treating this type of cancer?
- What other doctors will we need to see?
- What treatment options do we have?
- What do you recommend and why?
- What are the short-term risks and side effects to the treatments you suggest?
- What are the likely long-term effects of treatment? Could it affect my child's fertility?
- What should we do to be ready for treatment?
- How long will treatment last? What will it involve? Where will it be done?
- How will treatment affect our daily activities?
- Based on what you've learned about my child's cancer, what is the outlook for cure?
- What would we do if the treatment doesn't work or if the cancer recurs?
- What clinical trials are suitable options for my child?
- What type of follow-up and rehabilitation will my child need after treatment?
You might have other questions as well. For example, you might want to:
- Ask about getting a second opinion as to the best treatment option.
- Find out if the treatment schedule can be arranged so that your child will miss as little school as possible.
- Ask how to explain what is happening with your child so that his brothers, sisters, and friends can understand.
- Ask about support groups that might help you benefit from the experience of other families who have been through this.
Last Medical Review: 04/26/2012
Last Revised: 04/26/2012