Chemotherapy Discussion Questions

Before undergoing chemotherapy treatment, it is smart to ask your doctor any and all questions you have. Do not be afraid to ask questions and expect answers. After all, it's your health. Some questions you may want answered are:

  • What is the name of my chemotherapy regimen?
  • What drugs are used?
  • How is treatment given? Intravenously, orally, or topically (in a cream)?
  • What is the goal of the treatment?
  • Is the treatment given in cycles? If so, how long is each cycle and how many cycles will there be? If not, how is it given?
  • What are the side effects of each drug?
  • How should I prepare to handle these side effects?
  • Are there any treatments to help with side effects?
  • Which side effects should I report to you immediately?
  • Will some side effects require immediate treatment?
  • How can I tell if the drugs are working?
  • What tests will be done and how often?
  • Are there any dietary restrictions while I’m on chemotherapy? Any other restrictions?
  • Do I need a mediport or other permanent IV?
  • Is there any other information that may be important?

You can also ask about the survival rate of patients on you chemotherapy regimen, but statistics are not always helpful in determining outcome. Stay positive and realize that, no matter the statistics, your case is unique.

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