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.
You may want to ask questions about:
- being referred for tests for cancer
- having tests and getting the results
- getting more information about your cancer diagnosis
- any practical issues, such as work and finances.
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?