• Tomorrow is First visit with oncologist since chemotherapy ended. What questions should I ask?

    Asked by Patio on Sunday, May 15, 2016

    Tomorrow is First visit with oncologist since chemotherapy ended. What questions should I ask?

    It has been 3 weeks since my final chemotherapy session. I meet with my oncologist tomorrow and need guidance on SPECIFIC questions I should be asking. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      How frequently will he/she you? What will happen at follow up visits (tests etc)? If you are having side effects from chemo, ask how long they will last or when they should resolve. Ask about a survivorship plan, does your cancer center do them? Ask what the next steps are.

      All the best to you.

      about 5 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Is the cancer gone?

      What are the odds of it coming back?

      What can I do to prevent that from happening?

      How do we address certain issues with which I am left?

      I need to recover my strength. Are you able to suggest any physical therapy or whatever?

      Everything else of which you can think.

      Best wishes.

      about 5 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar
      Ejourneys

      @karen1956 covered pretty much all the bases. I would ask if your oncologist will do anything different from the ACS/ASCO guidelines -- and, if so, why?
      (I provided the links in answer to one of your prior questions.)

      Are you getting radiation? If so, that can cause more side effects, including abnormal blood test results. If you are getting rads, how closely will your medical oncologist work with your radiation oncologist?

      Does your cancer center offer survivorship support? (For example, my radiation center has a LCSW on staff who sees patients for counseling at no extra cost, including years after treatment has ended, on an as-needed basis.)

      I wish you all the best going forward!

      about 5 years ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar
      ChildOfGod4570

      I think these ladies covered it well. I also would ask how long until the side effects start to go away and if there is anything you could do to start feeling more like yourself and start healing from the chemo. You could ask about how to care for your hair once it starts growing b ack, that's if you are one of those who did lose her hair. Some people don't. I hope you start feeling better soon. HUGS and God bless.

      about 5 years ago
    • julester's Avatar
      julester

      Ask if you will need to take any hormone related medications and for how long. If you have a port ask how long you need to keep it. Find out what your follow-up plan is for visits and scans. If needed, ask about pros and cons for reconstruction. Ask about side effects which can include changes in your sex life because of chemo.

      about 5 years ago
    • Jouska's Avatar
      Jouska

      Congratulations on being done with chemo! I think everyone covered the questions very well. How do you feel? I remember telling my oncologist about the same time that i just wasn't feeling strong yet. He laughed and looked at me and reminded me it would take more than 3 weeks! And it did - probably more like 3 months before I felt somewhat more normal. So use this time to help set some expectations for yourself - when should my hair start coming back, when should my strength to do everyday things come back (if that has been an issue). What next is always a good question! Getting my port out for me was a huge milestone. So grateful to have had it, so grateful to have it gone!

      about 5 years ago
    • cjgriggs1's Avatar
      cjgriggs1

      If you have a port set up appointments every 4-6 weeks for flushing....I kept note of and wrote about my side effects and how I handled them.....I can share that if you'd like to read it.

      about 5 years ago
    • PinkPickle's Avatar
      PinkPickle

      Ask for a survivorship Plan. It should cover when & which doctors you should see and which tests should be done in the future.
      A lot of the "larger" oncology practices have them now.
      Congrats on finishing this part if your journey! Now on to the next Healthy years of survivorship!

      about 5 years ago

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