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What to ask your doctor about chemotherapy for bowel cancer

Men and women discussing bowel cancer

Some questions you may want to ask your doctor

  • Why are you recommending chemotherapy for me?
  • What is the aim of the treatment?
  • Is there any choice of treatment?
  • What are the short and long term side effects?
  • How will you help to manage my side effects?
  • Is there anything I can do to help with side effects?
  • Can you give me any written information about my treatment?
  • Can I have treatment as an out patient or will I have to stay in hospital?
  • How often will I have to come to the hospital?
  • How long will the course of chemotherapy be?
  • How will you know if the treatment is working?
  • Is there a number I can call if I'm worried between appointments?


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Updated: 20 August 2013