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Talking often with the doctor is important to make informed decisions about your health care. These suggested questions are a starting point to help you learn more about your cancer care and treatment. You are also encouraged to ask additional questions that are important to you.
- Can you explain my pathology report (laboratory test results) to me?
- What organs, tissues, and/or parts of my body are affected?
- What will be the progression of amyloidosis? Is it possible to slow down this disease? Is it curable?
- What are my treatment options?
- Can my symptoms be controlled with medication alone?
- What clinical trials are open to me?
- What treatment plan do you recommend? Why?
- What is the goal of each treatment?
- Who will be part of my health care team, and what does each member do?
- Who will be coordinating my overall treatment and follow-up care?
- What are the possible side effects of this treatment, both in the short term and the long term?
- How will this treatment affect my daily life? Will I be able to work, exercise, and perform my usual activities?
- If I'm worried about managing the costs related to my medical care, who can help me with these concerns?
- What follow-up tests will I need, and how often will I need them?
- What support services are available to me? To my family?