NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Myelodysplastic Syndromes

56 NCCN Guidelines for Patients ® : Myelodysplastic Syndromes, 2018 6 Making treatment decisions Questions to ask What are my options? There is no single treatment practice that is best for all patients. There is often more than one treatment option along with clinical trial options. Your doctor will review your test results and recommend treatment options. 1. What will happen if I do nothing? 2. Can I just carefully monitor the cancer? 3. Do you use NCCN recommendations when considering options? 4. Are you suggesting options other than what NCCN recommends? If yes, why? 5. Do your suggested options include clinical trials? Please explain why. 6. How do my age, health, and other factors affect my options? 7. Which option is proven to work best? 8. Which options lack scientific proof? 9. What are the benefits of each option? Are my chances any better for one option than another? 10. What are the risks of each option? What are possible complications? 11. What can be done to prevent or relieve the side effects of treatment?