What Should You Ask the Doctor About Osteosarcoma?

It’s important to 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 osteosarcoma do I (does my child) have? Will this affect treatment?
  • Has the cancer spread beyond the bone it started in?
  • What is the stage of the cancer and what does that mean?
  • Do we need to do other tests before we can decide on treatment?
  • How much experience do you have treating this type of cancer?
  • Will we need to see other doctors?
  • What are our treatment options?
  • What do you recommend and why?
  • How soon do we need to start treatment?
  • How long will treatment last? What will it be like? Where will it be done?
  • How will treatment affect our daily lives?
  • What should I (we) do to be 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 might develop later on?
  • Will treatment affect my child’s ability to grow and develop?
  • Are there fertility issues we need to consider?
  • What are the chances of the cancer coming back with these treatment plans? What will we do if this happens?
  • What type of follow up and rehab will be needed after treatment?
  • Are there nearby support groups or other families who have been through this that we could talk to?

Along with these sample questions, be sure to write down some of your own. For instance, you might want more information about recovery times so you can plan work or school schedules. You may also want to ask about second opinions or about available clinical trials.

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Last Medical Review: April 18, 2014 Last Revised: January 27, 2016

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