Questions to Ask Your Doctor


Understanding Your CLL

  • What stage is my cancer now?
  • What is my best course of action at this point in time?
  • What are my blood cell counts and what do they mean?
  • What should I be doing during the “watch and wait” phase?
  • Should I be screened for any other kinds of cancer?

Treatment Options

  • Will I require treatment? What treatment options should I consider?
  • How does this treatment work? What are the side effects?
  • How long can I expect this treatment to work?
  • How do my other health conditions affect my treatment options?
  • How is my prognosis determined? How does that affect the treatment that might be right for me?
  • Are there any clinical trials for CLL that might be appropriate for me?
  • How long do I have to be on treatment?
  • If this treatment doesn’t work for me, what are my other options?
  • During my treatment, are there things I need to watch out for?
  • What would prompt me to know that I need immediate attention?
  • If I or my caregiver have concerns, who should we call? What is the contact information?

Day-to-Day Life with CLL

  • What changes can I expect to see in my health? What should I pay close attention to?
  • How can I best protect myself from infection?
  • Is there anything I should change about my day-to-day lifestyle?
  • Are vaccinations safe for me?
  • How will I know when my disease is progressing?
  • How often do you want to see me?
  • Who should I call if I have questions? How soon can I expect a response? Can a family member call on my behalf?
  • What are the things I should call you for?

My CLL Compass Quiz

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