What should you ask your child`s doctor about Wilms tumor?
It is important to have frank, open discussions with your child's cancer care team. You should ask any questions that are on your mind, no matter how small they may seem. Below are some questions to consider:
- What kind of kidney cancer does my child have? Is it a Wilms tumor?
- Is the histology of the tumor favorable or unfavorable?
- What is the stage of my child's 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 options do we have?
- What clinical trials might be suitable options for my child?
- What do you recommend and why?
- What are the short-term risks or 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 are the chances of the cancer coming back with these treatment plans?
- What would we do if the treatment doesn't work or if the cancer recurs?
- Does my child have a higher long-term risk of other cancers?
- What type of follow-up will my child need after treatment?
Along with these sample questions, be sure to write down any others you might have. For instance, you might want to ask about getting a second opinion, or you may want more information about recovery times so you can plan your child's school and activity schedule. You might also want to ask about nearby or online support groups, where you may be able to get in touch with other families who have been through this.
Last Medical Review: 07/27/2012
Last Revised: 01/17/2013