Remembering Questions and Answers About Leukemia Treatment
Many people with leukemia want to take an active part in making decisions about their medical care and their treatment choices. However, the shock and stress that often accompany a leukemia diagnosis can make it hard to think of everything to ask the doctor. Some patients find that it is helpful to make a list of leukemia questions before their appointment.
There are usually several healthcare providers involved in a person's treatment for leukemia. The doctor may refer patients to physicians who specialize in treating leukemia, or patients may ask for a referral. Specialists who treat leukemia include:
- Medical oncologists
- Radiation oncologists.
Pediatric oncologists and hematologists treat childhood leukemia.
Whenever possible, patients should receive leukemia treatment at a medical center where there are doctors who are experienced in treating leukemia.
Sometimes it is helpful to have a second opinion about the leukemia diagnosis and the leukemia treatment plan. While some insurance companies require a second opinion, others may cover a second opinion if the patient or doctor requests it.
Options for Leukemia Treatment
The doctor is the best person to describe the treatment choices and to discuss the expected results. The doctor and patient should work together to develop a treatment plan that fits the patient's needs.
Depending on the type and extent of leukemia, patients may have:
If the patient's spleen is enlarged, the doctor may suggest surgery to have the spleen removed. In some cases, patients will receive a combination of treatments for leukemia.