Blood and Marrow Transplant FAQs

Hearing that you might have cancer or need a transplant can be hard. It is normal to have many questions. This sheet has a list of common questions and their answers. If you have questions that are not answered here, please write them down. Keep this list of questions with you to ask the doctor. You will have at least 1.5 hours to talk with your doctor about your questions.

Why do I need so many tests?

Different tests give different kinds of information. Our doctors need as much information as possible about your disease and health. Thisis so they can talk to you about your treatment options. Having tests done before you see the doctor helps give them all the needed information. This information is used by you and your doctor to make decisions about treatment options.

What do my test results mean?

Your doctor will go over your test results at your first visit. If you have questions about a test, please write it down and take it with you to your appointment.

How much will treatment cost?

Our financial coordinator will work with you to help you understand your coverage. You can meet with the coordinator either afteryou see your doctor or at a different time.

What are my choices for treatment?

Your doctor will talk to you about your disease and different ways to treat it. Different treatments have different results. Your doctor will talk to you about the expected result of different treatments. After that, the choice is yours. We want you to decide what treatment is right for you.

How long will I be on treatment?

Your doctor and your nurse coordinator will talk to you about theplan for treatment. They will help you plan your calendar. How long youare on treatment depends on your choice of what treatment is right for you.

What medicines will I need to take?

Your doctor will decide what medicines are the best for you. Thisis based on your test results and disease status. Your medical team will work with you to make sure you understand the medicines you are taking.

Why should I wait to ask questions?

Your doctor has all the needed medical information that other staff might not have. We want you to get the best possible care. This means having a doctor who has all of your information answer your questions. We want you to ask questions, and for you to get the best answers when you do.