After the multidisciplinary team (MDT) has met, you will see your specialist doctor at an outpatient appointment to discuss your treatment options. They will talk with you about the aims of treatment, possible side effects and how it might affect you. You can also talk to the specialist about your own wishes and concerns. Knowing what is happening and why can make you feel more involved in your care. It can also make it easier to make decisions.
You may find it helpful to have a family member or friend with you for this appointment. It can also be useful to write a list of questions before the appointment. Your healthcare team may give you some written information about the cancer and its treatment. You may find this helpful to look at later. You might want some time to think about what you have discussed before deciding whether to go ahead with treatment.
Sometimes, your doctor will offer you a choice of treatments that are equally effective. If this happens, they will give you time to decide which treatment you would prefer. Make sure you feel you have enough information about all the treatment options to help you make your decision.
If you have any more questions about treatment, you may want to see your specialist again or talk to someone else in the team, such as a clinical nurse specialist. If there is anything you do not understand, ask again. Some people worry that the hospital staff are too busy to answer their questions. But some cancer treatments are complicated and it is important for you to understand what the treatment involves.
Your family and friends may also have questions to ask. Your healthcare team should be able to answer their questions, as long as you are also happy for them to.