Questions for Your Medical Team
Below are some basic questions that you can print and take to your physician’s appointment.
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Information for the Newly Diagnosed
Website with information: www.gcsproject.org
- Have you treated this diagnosis at this facility?
- If it’s not common is the treatment common?
- What chemo drugs will be used?
- Would you be willing to talk with Dr. Michael Birrer – a specialist in this cancer?
- How will the chemo be given? Are there options?
- Are there treatment options? Do you recommend acupuncture, nutritionists, blood work associated with my body make up to help me combat side effects from chemo?
- Would you write a letter of recommendation for use of medical marijuana (if your state allows this option)?
- What other risks are associated with treatment?
- Are there research studies/clinical trials that we should know about?
- How will we know if the chemo is working?
- What type of tests will be required and at what timing? (blood work, PET Scan, etc) How frequent?
- Are there any resources, booklets etc that you recommend? Any websites that you think would be helpful?
- Can we move ahead with genetic testing?
- What possible side effects should I prepare for?
- When might this start?
- Will they get better or worse as my treatment goes along?
- How can I prepare for them or lessen their impact?
- Are there treatments that can help relieve the side effects? What are they? Do you usually recommend or prescribe them?
- Which risks are most serious?
- Will I require blood transfusions? Why?
- How can I best monitor myself for complications related to either my disease or my treatment?
- Will my type of chemo put me at risk for a low white blood cell count and infection?
- Can I help protect myself against infection right from the start of chemo instead of waiting until problems develop?
- Am I at special risk for infection?
- What are the signs of infection from the chemo?
- How long will I be at risk for infection?
- What should I do if I have a fever?
- How will my cancer treatment affect my usual activities?
- Will I be able to work?
- Will I need to stay in the hospital?
- Will I need someone to help me at home?
- Are there any activities I should avoid during my chemotherapy?
- What happens after I complete my treatment?
- How can I best continue to monitor myself for complications related to either my disease or my treatment?
- What kind of lab tests will I need and how often?
- What types of x-rays and scans will I need?
- How often do I need to come in for checkups?
- Does my insurance cover the cost of treatments?
- When will you let me know the cost and any payments that we may owe?
- Does your office do the pre-authorization for treatment or do I need to call before treatments begin?