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Questions to ask your child's doctor about cancer

Your child is having treatment for cancer. These treatments may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, or other treatments. Your child may get more than one type of treatment. Your child's health care provider may need to follow your child closely during treatment. You will also need to learn how to care for your child during this time.

Below are some questions you may want to ask your child's provider to help you plan ahead and know what to expect during treatment.

I Would Like to Learn About:


Who will be treating my child:

Your child's cancer and how it is treated:

What happens during treatment(s)?

My child's life during treatment:

My child's life after treatment:



American Cancer Society website. What should you ask your child's doctor about childhood leukemia? Updated February 12, 2019. Accessed March 18, 2020.

American Cancer Society website. What should you ask your child's doctor about neuroblastoma? Updated March 18, 2018. Accessed March 18,2020.

Cancer.Net website. Childhood cancer: Questions to ask the healthcare team. Updated September 2019. Accessed March 18, 2020.

National Cancer Institute website. Young people with cancer: a handbook for parents. Updated January 31, 2018. Accessed March 18, 2020.


Review Date: 1/1/2020  

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