Leukemia - Acute Myeloid - AML - Childhood: Questions to Ask the Doctor

This section has been reviewed and approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 01/2013

ON THIS PAGE: You will find some questions to ask your child's doctor or other members of your child's health care team, to help you better understand your child's diagnosis, treatment plan, and overall care. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.

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 cancer care and treatment. You are also encouraged to ask additional questions that are important to you and your child. You may want to print this list and bring it to your child's next appointment, or download Cancer.Net’s free mobile app for an e-list and other interactive tools to manage your child's care.

  • What type of leukemia has been diagnosed?
  • What subtype of AML has been diagnosed? What does this mean?
  • Can you explain my child’s pathology report (laboratory test results) to me?
  • What are the treatment options?
  • What clinical trials are open to my child?
  • What treatment plan do you recommend? Why?
  • What is the goal of each treatment? Is it to eliminate the cancer, help my child feel better, or both?
  • What are the chances that the AML will recur?
  • Who will be part of my child’s health care team, and what does each member do?
  • Who will be coordinating my child’s overall treatment and follow-up care?
  • What chemotherapy will my child receive?
  • Should my child receive stem cell transplantation?
  • Will my child receive radiation therapy?
  • How long will my child need to stay in the hospital?
  • What are the possible side effects of this treatment, both in the short-term and the 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 cancer care, who can help me with these concerns?
  • 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 should I call for questions or problems?

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