Questions checklist

The following questions are suggestions only. You may find it helpful to compile your own list to take with you when you visit your doctor.

My cancer

  • What is my cancer called?
  • What is going on with my cancer?
  • What are the chances of controlling my cancer?
  • Will the cancer progress?
  • What can I expect in the future?
  • What symptoms may occur in the future, and what should I do if they arise?
  • Will I be in pain?
  • Will my pain and other symptoms be controlled in the future?
  • What are the worst days going to be like?
  • What are the best days going to be like?
  • How long am I likely to live?

Treatment for advanced cancer

  • What is the aim of the treatment?
  • What are the side effects of treatment?
  • How likely are side effects to occur?
  • What can be done about side effects?
  • What’s causing the symptoms?
  • What can be done about the symptoms?
  • Who will be supervising my care?
  • Who do I call in the evenings or after hours?
  • Do the oncologists, doctors, nurses, and palliative care team talk to each other about my care?

Living with advanced cancer

  • What can I expect to be able to do?
  • How much activity or exercise is too much and how much is too little?
  • What activities may help me to enjoy life more, e.g. massage, meditation?
  • How can I make the most of my life?
  • What kind of food should I eat?
  • How important is my diet?
  • Can you advise me if and when I can return to work?
  • Can you advise me about the timing of a holiday or trip I wish to take?
  • Is it okay for me to drive?

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