Chemotherapy & Biologics-Related List of Questions

  • May I tape record our conversation?
  • What can I expect from my therapy?
  • What are the names of the drugs that will be used in my treatment? (Folfox, folfiri, 5FU, oxaliplatin, leucovorin, irinotecan, Xeloda, or Mytomycin C)
  • Is there evidence that they are more effective than other chemotherapy drugs?
  • How many treatments will I need?
  • How will the treatments be given?
  • Will I be able to go home afterwards?
  • What will I feel like after my treatments?
  • Will I be able to work? Will I be able to take care of my spouse and children?
  • What are the possible side effects of these treatments and how long do they last?
  • Will my hair fall out?
  • Will I be nauseous? If so, how can that be treated?
  • Will I be fatigued? How will you address that?
  • Will I get mouth sores? If so, how will that be addressed?
  • Is there anything I can do to lessen the side effects?
  • If I am taking chemotherapy, can I eat all kinds of foods?
  • Can I drink alcohol?
  • Can the cancer spread, even though I am on chemotherapy?
  • Will chemotherapy affect my sex life?
  • Will chemotherapy affect my fertility?
  • How will I know if the treatment is working?
  • What are the chances for remission or for a longer life?
  • Will I be able to take multi-vitamins or anti-oxidant therapy during chemotherapy?
  • Do I qualify for biological therapy in conjunction with chemotherapy?
  • If so, which do you recommend? (avastin, erbitux or vectibix)
  • If oxaliplatin is recommended, will I be accessing magnesium/calcium infusions before and after oxaliplatin infusion?