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Chemotherapy Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • How are you feeling in general?
  • Are you having pain? If so, can you describe it and rate it on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst.
  • What side effects are you experiencing? Are you having trouble with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or mouth sores?
  • Have you had a fever or chills?
  • How would you rate your level of fatigue? None, mild, moderate or severe?
  • Are you able to continue working and staying involved in your activities?
  • Have you ever had chemotherapy before?
  • Do you have any other medical conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes?
  • Do you have a health history of liver or kidney problems?
  • What medicines, including supplements, do you take?
  • How aggressive do you want to be in treating your cancer? What is your goal?
  • Are you interested in participating in a clinical trial, or learning more information on clinical trials?
  • What is the biggest change you have noticed since starting chemotherapy?
  • What is chemotherapy and how does it work?
  • Which specific chemotherapy drugs are you recommending and how are they given?
  • When should I start chemotherapy and how many cycles will I need?
  • Where will I go for my chemotherapy treatments? How long will each treatment take?
  • What types of side effects (short-and long-term) might I experience with this regimen? Are there ways to prevent or treat these side effects?
  • What is the success rate of this regimen with my type of cancer?
  • What other treatment alternatives are available?
  • How will we know if my chemotherapy regimen is working or if it needs to be changed?
  • How can I best prepare before my next chemotherapy treatment?
  • Can I continue to work, exercise, and be active? How much rest do I need?
  • Can I take my regular medicines, have caffeine, or drink alcohol during my chemotherapy treatments?
  • What is our plan if my chemotherapy regimen does not meet our treatment goals?
  • Would a different chemotherapy regimen be better for me?
  • Are my new symptoms related to my chemotherapy regimen?
  • What is the best chemotherapy regimen for my specific type and stage of cancer?
  • Are there other cancer treatments I should consider for my specific type and stage of cancer?
  • How do you choose my chemotherapy regimen?
  • What is your biggest concern about chemotherapy?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Sep 20
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