Leukemia - Chronic Myeloid - CML: Questions to Ask the Doctor

This section has been reviewed and approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 06/2013

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 you 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 help manage your care.

  • What is my diagnosis?
  • Can you explain my pathology report (laboratory test results) to me?
  • What phase is the CML in?
  • Can you recommend a leukemia specialist?
  • Where is the best place for me to be treated?
  • What are my options for treatment?
  • Am I a candidate for an ALLO stem cell transplantation, and when should it be considered?
  • What clinical trials are open to me?
  • What treatment plan do you recommend? Why?
  • What are the pros and cons of each option?
  • What is the goal of each treatment? Is it to eliminate the leukemia, help me feel better, or both?
  • Do I need to start treatment right away?
  • Will the medicine for my CML interfere with any of my other medications?
  • 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 is my chance of remission and long-term benefit, including cure?
  • What are the possible side effects of this treatment, both in the short term and long term?
  • If I experience too many side effects, can I switch to a different treatment?
  • How will this treatment affect my daily life? Will I be able to work, exercise, and perform my usual activities?
  • 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?
  • What are the risks of trying to conceive a child while taking a TKI?
  • If I am worried about managing the costs related to my cancer care, who can help me with these concerns?
  • What support services are available to me? To my family?
  • Whom should I call for questions or problems?
  • How will the results of my treatment be monitored?  What follow-up tests will I need, and how often will I need them?

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