Keeping Good Medical Records for Neuroblastoma

As much as you might want to put the experience behind you once treatment is done, it’s very important to keep good records of your child’s medical care during this time. This can be very helpful for your child and his or her doctors later on as an adult. Gathering the details soon after treatment may be easier than trying to get them at some point in the future. There are certain pieces of information you should be sure your child’s doctors have. These are:

  • A copy of the pathology report(s) from any biopsies or surgeries
  • If your child had surgery, a copy of the operative report(s)
  • If your child stayed in the hospital, copies of the discharge summaries that doctors prepare when patients are sent home
  • If your child received chemotherapy or other medicines for the cancer, a list of the drugs, drug doses, and when they were given
  • If your child got radiation, a summary of the type and dose of radiation and when and where it was given

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Last Medical Review: March 14, 2014 Last Revised: January 22, 2016

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