FAQ’s

Questions to ask your Doctor?

After the shock and stress of a Leukaemia diagnosis it may make it hard for you to think of Leukaemia questions you may wish to ask your doctor.

Although your doctor may well have anticipated lots of your questions, it’s very easy to get into “information overload” because there is so much to take in. You might find it helpful to make a list of Leukaemia questions before your doctor’s appointment. We list below some of questions you may well want to add to your own.

Before Undergoing Treatment

  • What type of Leukaemia do I have?
  • What are my treatment choices? Which do you recommend for me and why?
  • What are the benefits of each kind of treatment for Leukaemia?
  • What are the risks and possible side effects associated with treatments for Leukaemia?
  • I’ve heard I might have to go on a Neutropenic Diet. What’s involved?
  • If I have pain, how will you help me?
  • How will treatment affect my normal activities?
  • Would a clinical trial be appropriate for me?
  • Can you help me find a clinical trial?

Before receiving Chemotherapy or Biological Therapy

  • Why do I need chemotherapy or biological therapy?
  • What drugs will I get?
  • I understand that the drugs can be given without repeated needle-pricks. How does that work?
  • Should I see my dentist before treatment begins?
  • What will this treatment do?
  • Will I have to stay in the hospital?
  • How will we know the drugs are working?
  • How long will I be on this treatment?
  • Will I experience side effects during treatment? How long will they last?
  • What can I do about side effects?
  • Can these drugs cause side effects later on?
  • How often will I need check-ups?

Before a bone marrow aspiration or biopsy

  • Will you remove the sample of bone marrow from the hip or from another bone?
  • How long will the procedure take? Will I be awake? Will it hurt?
  • How soon will you have the results? Who will explain them to me?

Before undergoing radiotherapy

  • Why do I need radio therapy?
  • When will the treatment begin? How often will it be given? When will it end?
  • How will I feel during therapy? Will there be side effects? How long will they last?
  • What can I do about side effects?
  • Can radio therapy cause side effects later on?
  • What can I do to take care of myself during therapy?
  • How will we know if the radio therapy is working?
  • Will I be able to continue my normal activities during treatment?
  • How often will I need check-ups?

Before a stem cell transplant

  • Why do I need radio therapy?
  • When will the treatment begin? How often will it be given? When will it end?
  • How will I feel during therapy? Will there be side effects? How long will they last?
  • What can I do about side effects?
  • Can radio therapy cause side effects later on?
  • What can I do to take care of myself during therapy?
  • How will we know if the radio therapy is working?
  • Will I be able to continue my normal activities during treatment?
  • How often will I need check-ups?