Useful Questions

Here are some questions you can ask with meeting with your doctors

  • What type of cancer does my child have?
  • What is the stage of the disease?
  • What does this stage mean?
  • What are the treatment choices at this point?
  • What treatment(s) do you recommend and why?
  • How long will the treatment last?
  • What are the chances that this treatment will be successful?
  • How will we know if treatment is successful?
  • What are the both the short-term and long-term risks of the treatment?
  • What side effects will our child experience as treatment is taking place?
  • Are any longer term side effects anticipated from this treatment?
  • What role should or could we play in our child’s treatment?
  • Since we need to be with our child during treatment, can the hospital help us find accommodation? (as appropriate and required)
  • How can we help our child prepare for this treatment?
  • What’s the very best way we could support our child through the treatment?

Bring a pad and paper with you during the meeting. Take notes. It is often a good idea to take a small recorder with you and ask if you can record the meeting, that way you can review everything that was discussed later.

Useful Links

American Brain Tumour Association

Clic Sargent


MacMillan Cancer Support


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