Monday 14 May 2018
Robyn Volkers â€“ Maggie's
Being diagnosed with cancer can feel overwhelming, and you may be receiving lots of information at a time when you find it hard to concentrate.
The information on this page will help you to find out more about being newly diagnosed with cancer and the types of questions to ask.
Youâ€™ll also find out more about how Maggieâ€™s can help and support you.
Your healthcare team understand that being told you have cancer is not easy to hear.
Your specialist doctor should pace out the information, and take time to let you absorb the news.
Youâ€™re likely to be introduced to a specialist nurse, who will be your key worker throughout your cancer treatment.
They will be there to listen to questions, and help you understand what happens next.
They will often be your first point of contact throughout your treatment.
Knowing more about the cancer you have can help you understand your treatment options. It can also mean you feel more in control when talking with your healthcare team.
There is a lot of cancer information available and knowing where to find it and what applies to your situation can be confusing.
How to find the information that's right for you, at the time you need it:
It can help to prepare a list of questions to ask before appointments or phone calls. It will help clear your thoughts, and make sure you have all the information you need.
Ideally, take someone with you to appointments, so they can make notes while you listen and remind you of questions you may have forgotten.
Questions to think about include:
As well as helping you to understand more about your diagnosis, we're here to help you cope with the other problems that cancer can bring.
Our Cancer Support Specialists, Benefits Advisors and Psychologists are here to listen to your concerns and find the help you need.
Last review: Oct 2021 | Next review: Oct 2022
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