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What questions should I ask my ONC?

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chicita
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Re: What questions should I ask my ONC?

Thank you so much! Husband is coming with me to write the answers down and in the meantime I'll download the booklet you recommended.
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Neadi
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Re: What questions should I ask my ONC?

As usual Revcat your a star!! Am meeting my oncologist for the first time tomorrow - and I was wondering exactly what questions I should ask!

Thanks!!
RevCat
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Re: What questions should I ask my ONC?

Hi Chicita,

Have you seen this BCC booklet about chemotherapy? http://www2.breastcancercare.org.uk/sites/default/files/bcc17_chemotherapy_2012.pdf it tells you a whole lot of things and also lists some questions you might like to ask. There are also BCC leaflets on most of the chemo regimes here:http://www2.breastcancercare.org.uk/publications/treatment-side-effects You can download them or order hard copies.

Everyone will have different questions that are important to them but some starters are:
  • what drug regime is recommended and why?
  • how is it administered? how many sessions/cycles?
  • what side effects can I expect? what can be done to manage them?
  • how will this affect my day-to-day life? For example, infection risk, carrying on working (if you want to), getting a flu jab, etc.
  • what support is available locally? E.g. Haven, Maggies, MacMillan
  • how beneficial is chemo likely to be for me (if you want to know, not everyone does)
It's a good idea to write down your questions before you go, and if someone if going with you, let them have a copy, in case you dry up. I took a friend with me to act as a scribe, which freed me up to listen without having to recall it all (you may get information overload).
Don't worry about asking everything at once, you should be given contact details for a specialist breast nurse (BCN) who you can call if you need to.
Hope this helps a little bit - and hope all goes well for you.
chicita
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What questions should I ask my ONC?

Hi Ladies,
I'm seeing my ONC for the first time on Friday.
I just know my mind will go blank as soon as I get in his room, so I'd like to go with a list of things I should be asking him. I've got my head round the fact that I have to have the chemo and reading some of the forums on here has helped tremendously so I'm hoping you can help now.
Thanks
C