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What to ask your doctor about having chemotherapy

Nurse and patients talking about cancer

Some questions you might ask your doctor

  • How will I have the chemotherapy drugs?
  • Will I have a combination of tablets and intravenous treatments?
  • Would a central line be better for me than having a needle put in each time?
  • How long will I need to take the drugs?
  • Will I need to stay in hospital?
  • What problems could happen?
  • What should I do if I can't manage on my own?
  • Who can help me if I have problems?
  • What are the numbers for the hospital ward/chemotherapy nurses/day care unit?
  • What is the out of hours emergency number?
  • Is there any printed information about the treatment I am having?
  • Are there any treatments to control the side effects of chemotherapy?
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Updated: 15 April 2013