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Talking often with the doctor is important to make informed decisions about your child's health care. These suggested questions are a starting point to help you learn more about your child's care and treatment. You are also encouraged to ask additional questions that are important to you.
- What type of tumor has been diagnosed?
- Where exactly is the tumor located?
- Can you explain my child's pathology report (laboratory test results) to me?
- Is the tumor cancerous?
- What is the tumor's grade? What does this mean?
- Are other tests needed to confirm this diagnosis?
- What is your familiarity with my child's tumor type and its treatment?
- What are the treatment options?
- What clinical trials are open to my child?
- What treatment plan do you recommend? Why?
- What are the chances for success with the planned therapy?
- Who is part of the treatment team, and what does each team member do?
- Who will be coordinating my child's overall treatment and follow-up care?
- What are the possible side effects of each treatment option, both in the short term and long term?
- How will this treatment affect my child's daily life? Will he or she be able to attend school and perform his or her usual activities?
- Could this treatment affect my child's ability to become pregnant or have children in the future? If so, should I talk with a fertility specialist before treatment begins?
- If I'm worried about managing the costs related to my child's medical care, who can help me with these concerns?
- What is the chance that the tumor will recur?
- What follow-up tests will my child need, and how often will he or she need them?
- What support services are available to my child? To my family?
- Whom do I call for questions or problems?