Our 24/7 cancer helpline provides information and answers for people dealing with cancer. We can connect you with trained cancer information specialists who will answer questions about a cancer diagnosis and provide guidance and a compassionate ear.
Our highly trained specialists are available 24/7 via phone and on weekdays can assist through video calls and online chat. We connect patients, caregivers, and family members with essential services and resources at every step of their cancer journey. Ask us how you can get involved and support the fight against cancer. Some of the topics we can assist with include:
For medical questions, we encourage you to review our information with your doctor.
It's important to know that medicines and drugs used to treat cancer can be quite different and everyone's situation is different. If you're considering traditional or standard chemotherapy as a treatment option, the questions below may be helpful to ask your cancer care team so you can get as much information as possible. For questions to ask about other types of drugs to treat cancer, see Targeted Therapy or Immunotherapy.
Before choosing chemo as a treatment option, you should learn as much as you can about your treatment, and get an idea of the expected outcome. You should understand the expected benefits, side effects, and risks.
You will also give your written permission to get chemo. (This is called informed consent.) Consider asking your doctor or nurse these questions before signing the consent form. It may help to write down questions to take with you to your next visit.
Here are some tips to help you remember your doctor’s answers:
See Understanding Your Diagnosis for more ideas about the things you and your family may want to know.
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Last Revised: November 22, 2019