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Ask the Right Questions at Your Next Doctor's Appointment

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Have you started chemo?

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Most important questions to ask about Chemotherapy

Top 10 Questions about Chemotherapy

  1. How will I know if my chemotherapy treatment plan is working or if it needs to be changed?
  2. How can I best prepare for each chemotherapy treatment session?
  3. If I need to contact my treatment team after hours, who should I contact and how do I reach them?
  4. What is our plan if my chemotherapy does not help me reach my treatment goal?
  5. What is chemotherapy?
  6. What are my other treatment options and why are you recommending chemotherapy?
  7. Is the goal of the chemotherapy you are recommending curative or palliative (to relieve symptoms only)?
  8. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my chemotherapy drugs?
  9. Are there any side effects of my chemotherapy that should prompt me to call you or seek medical attention?
  10. What medications can prevent or ease the side effects of chemotherapy and how long do they take to start working?
  1. How will I know if my chemotherapy treatment plan is working or if it needs to be changed?
  2. What might happen if I do not complete my full chemotherapy regimen?
  3. How can I best prepare for each chemotherapy treatment session?
  4. What monitoring, including blood tests and imaging exams, do I need during my chemotherapy treatment?
  5. Can I continue my normal activities, such as work or sports, and how much rest should I be getting?
  6. Can I drink alcohol, have caffeine, and take my regular medications during my chemotherapy treatments?
  7. If I need to contact my treatment team after hours, who should I contact and how do I reach them?
  8. What is our plan if my chemotherapy does not help me reach my treatment goal?
  9. What is chemotherapy?
  10. What are my other treatment options and why are you recommending chemotherapy?
  11. What might happen if I do not choose chemotherapy?
  12. Is the goal of the chemotherapy you are recommending curative or palliative (to relieve symptoms only)?
  13. When should I start chemotherapy and how many treatments will I need?
  14. Which specific chemotherapy drugs are you recommending and how are they given?
  15. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my chemotherapy drugs?
  16. Will I go to the hospital or clinic for my chemotherapy treatments, how long will I need to be there, and do I need someone to accompany me?
  17. Are there any side effects of my chemotherapy that should prompt me to call you or seek medical attention?
  18. Does my chemotherapy put me at risk of infections and how can I protect myself from infections?
  19. Does my chemotherapy put me at risk of bleeding problems and what precautions should I take?
  20. Am I likely to experience digestive problems, including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, and if so, how can I prevent it or treat it when it occurs?
  21. Am I likely to develop sores in my mouth or throat, and if so, how should I care for my mouth and throat?
  22. What dietary changes or supplements do I need to maintain my weight during chemotherapy?
  23. What can I do to fight fatigue and maintain my strength and endurance during chemotherapy?
  24. What non-drug strategies, including biofeedback, meditation, and mind-body exercise, can help me deal with the side effects of chemotherapy?
  25. What support groups or therapists are available to help me deal with my emotions, stress level, and relationships during chemotherapy?
  26. What medications can prevent or ease the side effects of chemotherapy and how long do they take to start working?
  27. In what forms are medications to manage chemotherapy side effects available (pills, suppositories, patches, shots)?
  28. Can I use medications to manage chemotherapy side effects as needed or will I need to take them continuously?
  29. How and when should I take my medication and what should I do if I miss a dose?
  30. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my medication to manage chemotherapy side effects?

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Top 10 Questions about Chemotherapy

  1. How will I know if my chemotherapy treatment plan is working or if it needs to be changed?
  2. How can I best prepare for each chemotherapy treatment session?
  3. If I need to contact my treatment team after hours, who should I contact and how do I reach them?
  4. What is our plan if my chemotherapy does not help me reach my treatment goal?
  5. What is chemotherapy?
  6. What are my other treatment options and why are you recommending chemotherapy?
  7. Is the goal of the chemotherapy you are recommending curative or palliative (to relieve symptoms only)?
  8. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my chemotherapy drugs?
  9. Are there any side effects of my chemotherapy that should prompt me to call you or seek medical attention?
  10. What medications can prevent or ease the side effects of chemotherapy and how long do they take to start working?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS; Sarah Lewis, PharmD. Last Annual Review Date: March 11, 2016 Copyright: © Copyright 2016 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement.

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