You may find this checklist helpful when thinking about the questions you want to ask your doctor. If your doctor gives you answers that you don’t understand, ask for clarification.
- What type of cancer do I have?
- How far has the cancer spread? How fast is it growing?
- What is my prognosis? How long am I likely to live?
- What treatment do you recommend and why?
- Are there other treatment choices for me? If not, why not?
- Are there any clinical trials I can join?
- Are there any complementary therapies that might help?
- What treatment do you suggest for any pain or discomfort?
- What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment?
- What will happen if I don’t have treatment?
- Can I access palliative care?
- Can I call the palliative care team at any time?
- Does the palliative care team inform my GP and other specialists about my care?
- Do I have to pay for any palliative care services?
- Can you help me talk to my family about what is happening?
More question suggestions
Visit palliativecare.org.au to download Asking Questions Can Help: An aid for people seeing the palliative care team.