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Neuroblastoma - Childhood

This section has been reviewed and approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 10/2012
Questions to Ask the Doctor

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.

  • Where is the cancer located?
  • What is the stage of the cancer? What does this mean?
  • What risk group has my child’s neuroblastoma been classified as? What does this mean?
  • Does my child’s tumor secrete any tumor markers?
  • 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?
  • Does this hospital participate in clinical trials for children with neuroblastoma?
  • What treatment plan do you recommend? Why?
  • What is my child’s prognosis?
  • How many children with neuroblastoma are seen and treated at this hospital?
  • 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, 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 before treatment begins?
  • 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 medical care, who can help me with these concerns?
  • What follow-up tests are needed, and how often are they needed?
  • What support services are available for my child? For my family?
  • Whom do I call for questions or problems?

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