Questions to Ask Your Oncologist About MDS Cancer Treatment

Whether you’re leaning toward an approved MDS cancer treatment or a clinical trial treatment, it’s paramount to get all of the relevant information from your oncologist. Ultimately, your decision will be based on which MDS cancer treatment option seems to offer the most potential benefits with the least drawbacks.

  • Where do I receive the MDS cancer treatment?

  • Is it an outpatients clinic or will I need to stay in the clinic?

  • How many MDS cancer treatment cycles will I receive?

  • How is the MDS cancer drug delivered?

  • What are the known side effects of the MDS cancer treatment?

  • Are there short or long term side effects from the MDS cancer treatment?

  • How long will the side effects stay after the MDS cancer treatment is done?

  • How can the side effects of the MDS cancer treatment be overcome?

  • How will the MDS cancer treatment affect my daily life?

  • Will I be able to work during the MDS cancer treatment?

  • Will I be able to take care of myself or will I need help?

  • Will I be able to take care of my family?

  • What is the expected outcome of the treatment?

  • What is the MDS cancer treatment’s success rate?

  • What is the likelihood that the MDS cancer will come back?

  • If a clinical trial is using new drugs, were they previously tested on a different type of cancer?

  • What were the outcomes of previous MDS cancer clinical trials?

Download this questionnaire, print it out, and bring it to your first oncologist appointment. There’s space for you to write the answers to each question on the pdf print-out.