How often will I need to see my healthcare team after treatment?

It’s important not to miss any of your follow-up appointments. You healthcare team will tell you when and how often you will need to be seen. Follow-up appointments can help manage treatment side effects, check how well treatment is working and make any needed changes in treatment based on a repeat of many of the same tests you took to diagnose the leukemia.

What questions should I ask my doctor and healthcare team after I’ve been diagnosed with leukemia?

Talk with your doctor and members of your healthcare team about your diagnosis of leukemia. Each case of leukemia in each patient is unique. Take notes and/or bring a friend with you to help take notes and provide support. If you don’t understand something a doctor says to you, ask the doctor to explain it. Your healthcare team wants you to play an active role in your care or care of your loved one with leukemia.

Some of the questions to ask your doctor and team may include:

  • What type of leukemia do I have? In what type of cell? Is it a fast- or slow-growing kind of cancer?
  • How early was the leukemia discovered?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the benefits and risks of each type of treatment?
  • What treatment plan is best suited for me? Why?
  • When should treatment begin?
  • How long will treatment (and each stage of treatment) last?
  • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the side effects of treatment? What can be done to prevent or lessen these side effects?
  • What if I want to have children? What are my options for preserving my fertility?
  • What’s the success rate/survival rate for my type of leukemia?
  • Should I enroll in a clinical trial?

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