NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
31 NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, 2019 4 Making treatment decisions Questions to ask your doctors What’s my diagnosis and prognosis? It’s important to know that there are different types of cancer. Cancers with the same name can even greatly differ. Based on your test results, your doctor can tell you which type of cancer you have. He or she can also give a prognosis. A prognosis is a prediction of the pattern and outcome of a disease. Knowing the prognosis may affect what you decide about treatment. 1. What type of cancer do I have? From what type of cell did it form? Is this cancer common? 2. What is the Rai stage? Does this stage mean the leukemia is advanced? 3. Is this a fast- or slow-growing leukemia? 4. What tests do you recommend for me? 5. Where will the tests take place? How long will the tests take and will any test hurt? 6. What if I am pregnant? 7. How do I prepare for testing? 8. Should I bring a list of my medications? 9. Should I bring someone with me? 10. How often are these tests wrong? 11. Would you give me a copy of the pathology report and other test results? 12. Who will talk with me about the next steps? When?