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What to ask your doctor about bone marrow and stem cell transplants

Nurse and patients talking about cancer

Some questions you might ask your doctor

  • Why are you suggesting high dose treatment for me?
  • What are the risks and benefits of this treatment?
  • Are there any other treatment options?
  • Will I have to have chemotherapy and radiotherapy?
  • How long will I be in hospital?
  • Will I need to be in isolation and for how long?
  • What are the side effects of this treatment?
  • What are the long term side effects?
  • Will this treatment cure my cancer?
  • Will I be able to go back to work after the treatment?
  • Will I still be able to have children after the treatment?
  • Will the treatment cause an early menopause?
  • If I have an early menopause, how will you treat that?
  • Can you arrange sperm banking for me before I start my treatment?
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Updated: 12 July 2013