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?

Note:
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

CureSearch

Macmillan Cancer Support

PubMed

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