What should you ask your doctor about Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia?
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 that's on your mind. Among the questions you might want to ask are:
- Do you recommend starting treatment now or waiting until later on?
- What treatment options do I have for my Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia?
- What options do I have for reducing symptoms of my Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia?
- Which chemotherapy drugs do you recommend? Would you compare their effectiveness and side effects to others?
- Are biologic therapies or stem cell transplantation an option in my situation?
- What side effects can I expect from my treatment?
- What should I do to be ready for treatment?
- Should I get a second opinion?
- 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?
- How long do you think I'll survive?
You will no doubt have other questions about your personal situation. Be sure and write your questions down so you remember to ask them during each visit with your cancer care team. Keep in mind, too, 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: 01/31/2012
Last Revised: 01/31/2012