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Questions to ask about chemotherapy

Listed below are some questions that might be useful to ask when talking about chemotherapy:

  • How will chemotherapy benefit me?
  • Which chemotherapy drug(s) do you recommend for me? Why?
  • If I have chemotherapy, when will it start?
  • If I have chemotherapy, how will it be given and for how long?
  • Will I need tests while I'm having chemotherapy? When?
  • How much will the chemotherapy cost?
  • What are the side effects of the drugs you are recommending?
  • How can I manage side effects if they develop?
  • Are the side effects permanent or temporary?
  • Who should I contact if I have side effects or other problems?
  • Is there an out-of-hours phone number I can call if I develop serious side effects during the night or on weekends?
  • Will chemotherapy affect my ability to have children?
  • What do I need to consider when deciding whether or not to work while having chemotherapy?
  • If I’m taking complementary therapies, how will they affect the chemotherapy?
  • What exercises do you recommend while I’m having chemotherapy?
  • What sort of food should I eat while I have chemotherapy?