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Lymphoma - Hodgkin - Childhood

This section has been reviewed and approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 7/2013
Questions to Ask the Doctor

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 child’s diagnosis, treatment plan, and overall care. To see other pages in this guide, use the colored boxes on the right side of your screen, or click “Next” at the bottom.

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 cancer 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 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 lymphoma has been diagnosed?
  • What subtype of Hodgkin lymphoma does my child have?
  • What is the stage of the disease? What is the risk grouping?
  • Can you explain my child’s pathology report (laboratory test results) to me?
  • What are my child’s 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?
  • 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 are the possible side effects of this treatment plan, both in the short term and the long term?
  • Could this treatment affect my child’s ability to have a child (fertility) in the future? If so, what fertility preservation options are available?
  • How will this treatment affect my child’s daily life? Will he or she be able to attend school or perform his or her usual activities?
  • 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?

To continue reading this guide, choose “Next” (below, right) to see some additional resources that may be helpful to you. Or, use the colored boxes located on the right side of your screen to visit any section.

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