You probably have lots of questions about treatment. But you may feel unsure about when to ask them.
You don’t have to ask all your questions at once. There will be other chances to speak to your healthcare team, so it’s fine if you think of new questions or need to ask a question again. You can make another appointment or speak to your healthcare team over the phone. Some healthcare professionals can also be contacted by email. You may find it easier to email your questions to them, if this is an option.
Some people also find it helpful to have a separate notebook for all their questions, answers and information. You could order the Macmillan Organiser for free from our be.Macmillan site. This is a portable tool like a personal organiser. The Macmillan Organiser helps you keep track of things like symptoms, appointment times and notes about your medication.
You may find it helps to have a relative or friend there when you talk to healthcare professionals. They may also be able to make notes for you while you and the healthcare professional talk.
You may feel embarrassed or afraid to ask some of your questions. These might be questions about the impact cancer and its treatment are having on your sex life, or about symptoms you’re experiencing that feel embarrassing.
It’s important to remember that any healthcare professionals you speak to will have already spoken to lots of people experiencing these issues. They are there to help, and it’s very likely they’ve helped other people in similar situations.