Questions about your diagnosis

These questions could help you understand your options and make decisions.

Asking questions

Being told you need to see a specialist for tests can be a shock. It can often be some time before your appointment, so you might feel worried.

Your healthcare team will tell you how to prepare for your tests and what is involved. They will also explain any results to you. But you might want to ask some extra questions.

Someone should be available after your first appointment to discuss your diagnosis. This is usually a clinical nurse specialist (CNS).

If you think of questions later or need emotional support, you can speak to one of our cancer support specialists on 0808 808 00 00.

Questions to ask

You may want to ask questions about:

Below are some suggestions about the types of questions you could ask after your diagnosis.

About your diagnosis

  • Where did the cancer start?
  • What is a primary cancer?
  • What is a secondary cancer?
  • What is the stage of the cancer? (This tells you how advanced it is.)
  • What is the grade of the cancer? (This gives an idea of how quickly it is growing.)
  • What are the average survival rates for this type of cancer, and what might this mean in my case?

Getting more information

  • Who can I contact if I think of questions later? Can I see someone in person?
  • Will someone tell my GP about the diagnosis? How quickly will this happen?
  • Can I ask for a second opinion about my diagnosis or the plan for my treatment?
  • Who can I talk to about how I am feeling?
  • Who can I ask about practical issues?