Questions to Ask About Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

If you are diagnosed with a myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN), 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.

Below are some questions to ask your doctor about your MPN diagnosis:

Questions About Your Cancer Team

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

Questions About Your Diagnosis

  • What are my blood counts?
  • What other diagnostic tests will I need?

Questions About Your Treatment

  • What are my treatment options?
  • Where will I get my care?
  • What are the treatment side effects?
    • Long-term
    • Short-term
  • Are there any complications from treatment?
  • 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 from my treatment?
  • What is the prognosis of my disease?
  • 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?

Getting a Second Opinion from Penn

You may have the option to get a second opinion about your diagnosis and treatment recommendation. Hematologist-oncologists at Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center welcome patients who have received an initial diagnosis elsewhere.

For a second opinion, call 800-789-7366 (PENN).

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?