Questions about emotions and cancer
Below are some questions about emotions and cancer to ask your doctor to help you make an informed choice. You may want to include some of the questions below in your own list.
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- Where can I get help for how I am feeling?
- How can I find a professional counsellor or psychologist?
- How can I see a social worker at my treatment hospital?
- Which complementary therapies might help me?
- Who can I talk to about financial plans and legal matters?
- Where can my family get reliable information, help and advice?
- What type of cancer do I have? Has it spread?
- Are the latest tests and treatments for this cancer available in this hospital?
- Will a multidisciplinary team be involved in my care?
- What treatment do you recommend? What is the aim of the treatment?
- If I don’t have the treatment, what should I expect?
- How long do I have to make a decision?
- I’m thinking of getting a second opinion. Who could you recommend?
- What will the treatment cost? Can the cost be reduced if I can’t afford it?
- Are there any clinical trials or research studies I could join?
- What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment?
- Will I have a lot of pain? What will be done about this?
- Can I work, drive and do my normal activities while having treatment?
- Will the treatment affect my sex life and fertility?
- Should I change my diet or physical activity during or after treatment?
- How often will I need check-ups after treatment? Will they involve blood tests or scans?
- If the cancer returns, how will I know? What treatments could I have?
Dr Anna Hughes, Liaison Psychiatrist and Psycho-oncologist, Canberra Region Cancer Centre, Canberra Hospital, ACT; Mary Bairstow, Senior Social Worker, Cancer Centre, Fiona Stanley Hospital, WA; Anita Bamert, Psychologist, Cancer Council Queensland, QLD; Kate Barber, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council Victoria, VIC; Sally Carveth, Assistant Coordinator, Cancer Support Leader Program, Cancer Council NSW; Matt Featherstone, Consumer; Dr Charlotte Tottman, Clinical Psychologist, Allied Consultant Psychologists and Flinders University, SA; Shirley Witko, Senior Social Worker, Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, WA.
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