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Hodgkin's Questions to Ask Before Treatment

You may want to ask the doctor these questions before your Hodgkin's disease treatment begins:
 
  • What is the stage of my cancer? Where are the tumors?
  • What are my treatment choices? Which do you recommend for me? Why?
  • What are the expected benefits of each kind of treatment? How will we know the treatment is working? What tests will be used to check its effectiveness? How often will I have these tests?
  • What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment? What can we do to control my side effects?
  • How long will treatment last?
  • Will I have to stay in the hospital?
  • How will treatment affect my normal activities?
  • What can I do to take care of myself during treatment?
  • What is the treatment likely to cost? Will my insurance cover this treatment?
  • How often will I need checkups?
  • Would a clinical trial (Hodgkin's research study) be appropriate for me?
     

Hodgkin's Questions to Ask Before Starting Chemotherapy

You may want to ask the doctor these questions before starting chemotherapy for Hodgkin's disease:
 
  • Which drug or drugs will I have?
  • How do the drugs work?
  • What are the expected benefits of the treatment?
  • What are the risks and possible side effects of treatment? What can we do about them?
  • Are there any long-term effects from the drugs?
  • When will treatment start? When will it end?
  • How will treatment affect my normal activities?
     

Hodgkin's Questions to Ask Before Undergoing Radiation Therapy

You may want to ask the doctor these questions before starting radiation therapy for Hodgkin's disease:
 
  • Why do I need this treatment?
  • What are the expected benefits of radiation therapy?
  • What are the risks and side effects of this treatment? What can we do about them?
  • Are there any long-term effects?
  • When will the treatments begin? When will they end?
  • How will I feel during therapy?
  • How will treatment affect my normal activities?
     
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