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.