Questions to Ask
WHAT KIND OF CANCER DOES MY CHILD HAVE?
Make the doctors explain the diagnosis to you so that you fully understand. Click here for brain tumor information.
HOW MANY CASES OF THIS TYPE OF TUMOR DOES YOUR INSTITUTION SEE ANNUALLY?
It’s a numbers game. The more children treated annually with brain tumors, the more likely treatment will be successful.
HOW MANY CASES OF THIS TUMOR HAS THE DOCTOR TREATED?
You want a pediatric nuero-oncologist that has experience treating your child’s specific tumor.
WHAT ARE YOUR CHILD’S TREATMENT OPTIONS?
It is important to completely understand all your options and the risks associated with each.
WHAT KIND OF SIDE EFFECTS CAN WE EXPECT FROM TREATMENT?
Understanding and being prepared for possible treatment related side effects will help you and your child.
WHAT KIND OF SUCCESS HAS THE DOCTOR SEEN WITH THIS TREATMENT?
Success can be measured in terms of stability or cure.
ARE THERE ANY CLINICAL TRIALS THAT HAVE SHOWN PROMISE WITH MY CHILD’S TUMOR TYPE?
Clinical trials hold some of the greatest hope for the hardest to treat tumors. Please review the links to clinical trials that are listed under “Additional Resources“.