Being told that you have cancer can leave you feeling a variety of emotions – shocked, numb, frightened….
Your Consultant, Clinical Nurse Specialist and GP can explain more about your cancer diagnosis, and answer any questions you may have.
The Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service (in the main entrance of Noble’s Hospital) is a good place to get further information about your particular cancer type.
Often there are loads of medical terms used when talking about cancer
– if you don’t know what they mean, ask!
You may feel overwhelmed by the amount of information you receive when you are diagnosed…
Ask the health professionals looking after you to write down the key points in this diary. You can read this again after your appointment and it can help when talking to others about your diagnosis.
Receiving a cancer diagnosis can lead to a rollercoaster of emotions.
Use the support available to you – don’t feel you have to face this alone
Here are some practical tips to consider when talking about your cancer diagnosis:
Some people find it helps to write down their feelings about what is happening
– you can use this diary in whatever way helps you best
Below are some common questions that are asked:
Remember, your healthcare team may not know all the answers to your questions immediately.
Often, definite answers are not possible.
With cancer treatment, there is often a lot of uncertainty.
Sometimes you will not remember everything you want to ask.
Sometimes you will think of more questions after your appointment.
Don’t panic - you will get more than one chance to ask questions!
Use the support available from the team looking after you. You have the right to receive as much or as little information as you want – they are there to help you understand about your cancer diagnosis and treatment options.
There are many organisations who support people affected by cancer (and their families/friends). You can find more information about the range of support available in the Useful Contact section of this information pack. Alternatively, the Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service can help guide you to sources of support.