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Questions to Ask Your Doctor About ALL

If you are diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), it's important to get your care from an experienced hematologist-oncologist who can work with you to create a treatment plan, and coordinate your care throughout your entire treatment.

Because ALL progresses rapidly, most people diagnosed with ALL will need treatment soon after diagnosis. That's why it is important to get to a team of experienced cancer specialists who have access to the latest diagnostic tools, treatments and clinical research.

Ask About Your Cancer Team

  • What is your experience in treating people with ALL?
  • Who else will be on my treatment team?

Ask About Your Diagnosis

  • What are my white blood cell counts?
  • What other diagnostic tests will I need?
  • What is the sub-type of the ALL?

Ask About Your Treatment

  • What are my treatment options?
  • Where will I get my care?
  • What are the treatment side effects?
  • Long-term
  • Short-term
  • Will I need a bone marrow or stem cell transplant?
  • Will treatment for my cancer affect my ability to have children?
  • If so, are there fertility preservation options?
  • What are the expected outcomes form my treatment?
  • What is the prognosis for relapse?
  • Am I eligible for a clinical trial?
  • What support resources are available to me?
  • Are there any complementary therapies I can do while receiving cancer treatment?

Can Penn Give Me a Second Opinion?

Due to the nature of ALL and its rapid progression, getting a second opinion may not always be an option. However, hematologist-oncologists at the Abramson Cancer Center try to see patients with ALL as soon as possible. For a second opinion, call 800-789-7366.

In addition to the questions above, here are some questions you may want to ask if you are getting a second opinion:

  • What labs/test results will I need to get a second opinion?
  • Can you help coordinate my care close to home?
  • How will you work with my primary care physician and/or care team?
  • When is the best time for me to come for a second opinion?