• Talking to Your Doctor About Leukemia

    You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with leukemia. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
    Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your healthcare provider:
    • Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
    • Write your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
    • Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
    • Don't be afraid to ask questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
    • What type of leukemia do I have?
    • Do you know why I got leukemia? Might other members of my family be at risk for developing it?
    • Based on my medical history, lifestyle, and family background, am I at risk for leukemia?
    • Is there anything I can do to reduce my risk?
      What is the best treatment option for my leukemia?
      • What other options are there?
      • What are the risks and benefits associated with this treatment plan?
    • How long will the treatment last?
    • What side effects can I expect?
    • What will I need to change my daily routine?
    • How will I feel during treatment? What can I do to help myself feel better during treatment? What can the doctor do to minimize the side effects I might experience?
    • What will I need to do to take care of myself during the treatment period?
    • What will we do if the treatment does not succeed?
    • How do I best protect myself from infections?
    • Will I need to change my diet or other daily habits?
    • Can I exercise? If so, how much can I exercise?
    • Are my treatments likely to kill all the cancer cells?
    • How do I know that my treatment program is effective?
    • How will I know if the leukemia has come back and what will we do if it does?
    • Should I consider participating in a clinical trial? If one is appropriate for me, what is the cost relative to the cost of conventional treatment?
    • Do you know of a support group I could join?

    References

    American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp .

    The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society website. Available at: http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/hm%5Flls .

    National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/ .

    Revision Information

  • Join WellZones today.

    Make a Change For LifeLearn more

    Wellmont LiveWell is creating a new tradition of wellness in the mountains by providing individuals with tools and encouragement to live healthier lifestyles.

  • HeartSHAPE Spotlight

    HeartSHAPE® Test Learn more

    Fight heart disease early and prevent heart attacks with HeartSHAPE® - a painless, non-invasive test that takes pictures of your heart to scan for early-stage coronary disease.

  • Calories and Energy Needs

    Calorie NeedsLearn more

    How many calories do you need to eat each day to maintain your weight and fuel your physical activity? Enter a few of your stats into this calculator to find out.

  • Ideal Body Weight

    Ideal Body WeightLearn more

    Using body mass index as a reference, this calculator determines your ideal body weight range. All you need to do is enter your height.

  • Body Mass Index

    Body Mass IndexLearn more

    This tool considers your height and weight to assess your weight status.


  • Can we help answer your questions?

    Wellmont Nurse Connection is your resource for valuable health information any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Speak to a Nurse any time, day or night, at (423) 723-6877 or toll-free at 1-877-230-NURSE.