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Questions to Ask Your Child's Physician

No parent wants to see his/her child suffer. A diagnosis of cancer in a child is one of the most devastating events in a parent's life. One of the best coping mechanisms is to be informed. Cancer is extremely complex and difficult to understand. It is important to ask as many questions as necessary - to be completely clear about the diagnosis and what to expect, and to understand why certain tests are being done. Parents are entitled to a clear explanation about anything related to their child's condition. Here are some important questions you may consider asking your child's physician:

  • What type of cancer does my child have?
  • What is it called and what does the name mean?
  • What caused the cancer?
  • How do I explain the disease to my child? How much does he/she need to know?
  • What do we do about the disease? What is next?
  • How do we know if a treatment is working? What about other treatments I have read about in magazines and on the Internet?
  • Are there any problems that will occur from the treatment?
  • What if the disease comes back again?
  • What do I do if my child has a problem coping with the disease or the treatment for the disease? Where do I turn for help?
  • What support groups are available?

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It is important to remember the health information found on this website is for reference only not intended to replace the advice and guidance of your healthcare provider. Always seek the advice of your physician with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.

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