Questions about primary bone cancer
Below are some questions about primary bone cancer to ask your doctor to learn more about your care and treatment options. Asking your doctor questions will help you make an informed choice. You may want to include some of the questions below in your own list.
- What type of bone cancer do I have?
- What treatment do you recommend and why?
- How can I find a specialist treatment centre?
- What is the prognosis?
- Will I have to stay in hospital?
- If I have surgery, what are the side effects?
- Do I need an amputation?
- If I have to travel for treatment, is there any government funding available to help with the cost?
- Are there any clinical trials I could join?
- If the cancer has spread outside the bone, what treatment options are available for me?
- How often will I need check-ups after treatment?
- If the cancer comes back, how will I know?
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Dr Richard Boyle, Orthopaedic Oncology Surgeon, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, NSW; Dr Sarat Chander, Radiation Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC; James Hyett, Consumer; Rebecca James, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council SA; Dr Warren Joubert, Senior Staff Specialist Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Services, Princess Alexandra Hospital, QLD; Kristyn Schilling, Clinical Nurse Consultant – Cancer Outreach Program, St George Hospital, NSW; Prof Paul N Smith, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Orthopaedics ACT.
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