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 and your family 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 family. 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.
Before a biopsy:
- How experienced is the surgeon in doing this type of biopsy?
- If the diagnosis is bone cancer, is the surgeon part of a team that is experienced in treating people with bone cancer? If not, can you or the surgeon refer me to a team?
After a biopsy:
- Can you explain my child’s pathology report (laboratory test results) to me?
- What type and subtype of osteosarcoma have been diagnosed? What does this mean?
- Is the pathologist experienced in the diagnosis of osteosarcoma? And, is the diagnosis certain?
- Is the disease located only in the bone where it started?
- 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?
- Where will treatment take place?
- Does this cancer center specialize in the treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer?
- 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 go to school and perform his or her usual activities?
- Do we need to consider options to preserve my child’s fertility prior to starting treatment, such as sperm storage for boys? Should we talk to 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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