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?
- 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?