NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults
Part 5: Understanding your treatment options
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Questions to ask your doctor about:
Your treatment options
Ideally, your doctor will keep you involved and informed of all decisions
concerning your treatment. The questions below can serve as a
guideline to help you fill in any gaps as you talk with your doctor about
your treatment option.
Based on current research and clinical guidelines, what is the best
treatment for this cancer when it occurs in someone my age?
Does this hospital (or center) offer the best treatment for me?
Is a pediatric or adult protocol better for me?
Are there any advantages to me being treated at a pediatric versus
an adult facility?
What side effects am I likely to experience?
Will using higher doses or a more intensive protocol increase my
chances of cure or remission? If so, what additional risks or side
effects might I experience?
Can you provide me with more information on the research that
supports this treatment plan?
Are there any complementary therapies that may help me cope
with cancer treatment?
How much time do I have to think about my options or get a
A flexible tube
used to give treatments,
such as liquid drugs, or
drain fluid from the body
A drug that contains a
physical or emotional
response to treatment
A poison produced
naturally by certain
bacteria, plants, or animals,