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Questions to Ask Your Doctor When Treatment Ends

As a patient, you want to keep a record of your care. Here are some questions to ask your health care provider once your treatment ends so you know what to expect. 

  • What treatments and drugs have I been given to treat my brain or spine tumor? And how long did I receive each treatment? 
  • What were my side effects from treatments? 
  • Will I have long-term effects, late effects, or permeant disability from my treatment?  
  • Will I need rehabilitation services, such as speech therapy or physical therapy?  
  • What type of doctor (neuro-oncologist, medical oncologist, neurosurgeon, primary care provider, etc.) should I see for my follow-up care? And can you recommend one?
  • How often should I have checkups and brain or spine scans? 
  • What other follow-up tests should I have? 
  • How often will I need these tests? 
  • What are the chances my tumor will recur
  • What symptoms should I watch for? 
  • If I develop any of these symptoms, whom should I call? 
  • What should I do to maintain my general health and well-being? 
  • Do you offer diet and exercise plans? 
  • What recommendations do you have regarding my ability to work and drive? 
  • Are there counselors, social workers, or support groups that you can recommend for me? 

We encourage you to print these questions and bring them with you to your appointment.

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