It’s important to have honest, open discussions with your cancer care team. Ask any question you have, no matter how minor it might seem. For instance, consider asking these questions:
Once treatment begins, you’ll need to know what to expect and what to look for. Not all of these questions may apply, but getting answers to the ones that do may be helpful.
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 that you can plan your work or school schedules.
Also keep in mind that doctors aren't the only ones who can provide you with information. Other health care professionals, such as nurses and social workers, may have the answers to some of your questions. You can find out more about speaking with your health care team in The Doctor-Patient Relationship and How to Talk to Your Child's Cancer Care Team.
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Last Revised: July 16, 2018