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

This section has been reviewed and approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 08/2013

ON THIS PAGE: You will find some questions to ask your doctor or other members of your health care team, to help you better understand your 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 health care. These suggested questions are a starting point to help you learn more about your care and treatment. You are also encouraged to ask additional questions that are important to you. You may want to print this list and bring it to your next appointment, or download Cancer.Net’s free mobile app for an e-list and other interactive tools to manage your care.

  • What is my diagnosis? What does it mean?
  • Do I need to start treatment right away?
  • What subtype of AML do I have?
  • Can you recommend a leukemia specialist?
  • Where is the best place for me to receive treatment?
  • What are my options for treatment?
  • What clinical trials are open to me?
  • What treatment plan do you recommend? Why?
  • What is the goal of each treatment? Is it to eliminate the leukemia, manage the symptoms or side effects, or both?
  • How likely is it that my AML will go into remission?
  • 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?
  • Could this treatment affect my sex life? If so, how and for how long?
  • Could this treatment affect my ability to become pregnant or have children? If so, should I talk with a fertility specialist before cancer treatment begins?
  • How will the 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 cancer care, who can help me with these concerns?
  • Can you explain my pathology report (laboratory test results) to me?
  • What follow-up tests will I need, and how often will I need them?
  • What support services are available to me? To my family?
  • Whom should I call for questions or problems?

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