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The shock and stress after a leukemia diagnosis may make it hard for people to think of leukemia questions they wish to ask the doctor. Most people find that it is helpful to make a list of leukemia questions before their doctor's appointment. The following article contains lists of questions concerning leukemia diagnosis and treatment.
Many people with leukemia want to take an active part in making decisions about their medical care and their leukemia treatment choices. However, the shock and stress after a leukemia diagnosis can make it hard for people to think of everything to ask the doctor. People with leukemia (or those being tested for leukemia) may find that it is helpful to make a list of questions before their doctor's appointment.
Leukemia questions to ask before a bone marrow aspiration or biopsy may include the following:
- Will you remove the sample of bone marrow from the hip or from another bone?
- How long will the procedure take? Will I be awake? Will it hurt?
- How soon will you have the results? Who will explain them to me?
- If I do have leukemia, who will talk to me about leukemia treatment? When?
Before starting treatment for the cancer, patients may wish to ask their doctor the following leukemia questions:
- What type of leukemia do I have?
- What are my treatment choices? Which do you recommend for me? Why?
- What are the benefits of each kind of treatment for leukemia?
- What are the risks and possible side effects associated with treatments for leukemia?
- If I have pain, how will you help me?
- What is the treatment likely to cost?
- How will treatment affect my normal activities?
- Would a clinical trial (leukemia research study) be appropriate for me?
- Can you help me find a clinical trial?