Questions I might ask?
The time around diagnosis of cancer can be incredibly frightening. It can be reassuring to get as much information as possible so you feel that you can make informed choices.
Your main source of information will be your Hospital Consultant and their clinical team. They are dealing with cancer patients all the time and are the experts. Your GP will also be able to give you valuable information and support but they may not be able to answer specific questions on your cancer.
It is important to appreciate that we often think doctors have all the answers. Some questions they can only express an opinion about, and for others there may be no answer.
Some tips to help you
- You might only be able to absorb the answers to two or three questions at any one time. It can be useful to write down any questions you want to ask, so you don’t forget anything. You could also let your doctor have your list of questions before you see them, so they have time to consider them.
- Take someone with you, such as a relative or a close friend. They can jot down information and may also remember details you forget.
- Do ask for any explanations to be given in layman’s terms, and where appropriate suggest that a diagram might help you understand.