Breast Cancer: Questions to Ask About Your Chemotherapy

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The more you know about chemotherapy and what to expect, the more comfortable you’ll feel about your treatment. Getting the answers to these questions is a good start.

  1. Why have you recommended chemotherapy for me, and what results do you hope to achieve with this chemo?
  2. What chemo medications will be used?
  3. How will these medications be administered?
  4. What side effects might I expect? What side effects do I need to watch for? What should I report to you immediately?
  5. How can I limit these side effects? Are there medications I can take to ease or prevent these side effects?
  6. What are my risks from this type of chemo?
  7. Who on your team should I contact? May I have contact information?
  8. What is my chemotherapy treatment schedule?
  9. How long will my chemo sessions last? Can I have visitors?
  10. Do you recommend having a port implanted?
  11. What lifestyle modifications can I make in order to feel my best during chemo?
  12. Does chemo put me at risk for other health conditions? If so, what can I do to prevent them from developing?
  13. Can I/should I work during chemo? Exercise? Socialize?

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May 2013