Questions to ask about your child’s cancer treatment
About treatment for this type of cancer
- What treatment(s) are available for the type of cancer that my child has?
- What treatment(s) do you recommend for my child? Why?
- What is the goal of this treatment?
- How will the treatment be given? What happens during a treatment session?
- How does this treatment work?
- What are the risks of this treatment?
- What are the next steps if my child’s cancer does not respond to this treatment?
- About what percentage of children receiving this treatment are helped by it?
About the treatment schedule
- How often will my child receive treatment? How long will each treatment last?
- Where will treatment be given? For example, will my child receive in-patient or out-patient treatment? Will hospital stays be needed?
- How many treatments will my child receive? How long will the entire treatment plan last?
About side effects and supportive services
- How do children who go through this type of treatment feel—both physically and emotionally?
- What supportive care and complementary practices (such as music therapy, acupuncture, physical therapy, and guided imagery) are available to help my child feel better?
- What side effects may happen during treatment? How long will these side effects last?
- How will the health care team work to reduce these side effects? What can I do to help my child feel better?
- What permanent or lasting side effects might my child have after treatment is completed?
- Will my child’s fertility be affected? What are the options to preserve my child’s fertility?
About making a decision
- When do we need to choose a type of treatment?
- When does my child need to start treatment?
- What procedures should my child have before starting treatment, for example, should my child have a dental check-up? Should my child and others in the family receive or avoid any vaccines?
Questions to ask about medical tests and procedures
- What test(s) or procedure(s) will my child have?
- What is the purpose of this test?
- Is there anything that my child needs to do to prepare?
- What will happen during the test?
- What will be done to help my child cope emotionally before and during the test?
- What are the risks?
- Where will the test be done?
- How long will it take? Will my child be awake during the test?
- Will it hurt? If so, how will pain be prevented or lowered?
- When will we know the results?
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