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What to ask your doctor about chemotherapy

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Some questions you might ask your doctor

  • Why are you recommending chemotherapy for me?
  • How successful is it for my type of cancer?
  • What is the aim of the chemotherapy?
  • What are the benefits of this chemotherapy?
  • What are the side effects?
  • What will happen if I don't have the chemotherapy?
  • What will my treatment involve?
  • Where will it be given?
  • How long will each treatment take?
  • How long will I be in hospital?
  • How many treatments will I have?
  • How long will my treatment last?
  • Will I have just one drug or a combination of drugs?
  • What drug or drugs will I take?
  • Are there any other drugs that could be used that may cause fewer side effects?
  • Are there any new drugs going through clinical trials that I could have?
  • Will I have any other treatment for my cancer along with the chemotherapy?
  • Is there any alternative to chemotherapy for my type of cancer?
  • If I have a problem or I feel unwell from the treatment who do I contact?

 

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Updated: 19 March 2013