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If you’re having cancer treatment, it can help to know what to expect and what to consider. The information in this section covers various topics including making decisions about treatment, asking for a second opinion or wanting a treatment that’s not readily available.
Advice for people who feel that they would benefit from a cancer treatment or drug that is not available
Learn about the team of doctors and other health professionals (multidisciplinary team) who will plan your care if you are diagnosed with cancer
Find out about getting a second opinion on your cancer diagnosis and treatment, including reasons for requesting a second opinion and how you can get one
Get advice about the support you may need when you are discharged from hospital
No medical treatment can be given without your consent. You should be given full information about a treatment before you sign a consent form.
Get information about making a claim for clinical negligence if you feel that the care you have received hasn't been of an acceptable standard
Read about the NHS cancer referral guidelines introduced to speed up diagnosis and treatment for people with cancer
Questions to ask about your cancer treatment, including questions you can ask your doctors or nurses when thinking about, choosing, or during your treatment
Find useful information to help you make decisions about your treatment options
Get advice about the services you should be receiving if you have cancer and what you can do if your healthcare is not as good as it should be
Read information about making a complaint if you are unhappy about the treatment or care you have received from the health service
Find out how to access hospital treatment for cancer in the UK if you're an overseas visitor
For answers, support or just a chat, call the Macmillan Support Line free (Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm)
The Liverpool Care Pathway is framework of good practice for treating people at the end of their lives. It aims to use elements of the hospice model of care within other healthcare settings such as hospitals, care homes and people’s own homes.
If you have any questions about cancer, need support or just want someone to talk to, ask Macmillan.
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