At Your Appointment

Leukemia Appointment Guide

Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • What other health conditions do you have? How are you treating and managing them?
  • When was your last set of lab tests?
  • Are you having any pain or other symptoms?
  • How are you tolerating your leukemia treatments? Are you having side effects?
  • What kind of emotional and social support do you have to help you cope with leukemia?
  • Would you be willing to consider participating in a clinical trial?
  • Describe your symptoms. Are you experiencing fatigue, weakness, unintended weight loss, night sweats, swollen lymph nodes, fevers, or easy bruising or bleeding?
  • How long have you had these symptoms?
  • Are your symptoms constant or do they come and go?
  • Do you smoke or work with chemicals, such as benzene?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with any type of cancer?
  • Do you have a family history of any type of cancer, including leukemia?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have leukemia?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
  • How do you diagnose leukemia? What tests do I need?
  • Are there different types of leukemia?
  • How do you treat leukemia? Do you treat all types the same way?
  • What type of leukemia do I have?
  • Does my type of leukemia have stages or subtypes?
  • How aggressive is my type of leukemia?
  • What are the possible side effects of the treatment you are recommending? Are any of them long-term or permanent?
  • What is my prognosis and what is that based on?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my type of leukemia, including possible clinical trials? Why do you think so?
  • What phase is my chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in, and how does that affect my treatment options and outlook?
  • Are there any treatment advances in CML leukemia that could help me?
  • How long does treatment for acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) usually take? How will we know if it is working?
  • Are there any treatment advances in ALL that could help me?
  • What stage of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) do I have and how does that affect my treatment and outlook?
  • Are there any treatment advances in CLL leukemia that could help me?
  • How long will it take to treat my type of leukemia?
  • What subtype of AML do I have and how does that affect my treatment and outlook?
  • Are there any treatment advances in AML leukemia that could help me?
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Nov 15
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. Leukemia. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. 
  2. Types of Leukemia. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.