What can I ask my doctor?

Your GP is unlikely to be a cancer specialist. Their job is to direct you to the specialist health care team most able to help you.

If he or she suspects, from what you have told them about your symptoms, that you might have cancer they will refer you to the hospital for further investigations.

You can also ask for a second opinion or a referral.

Questions you might ask include:

1.   Do you think I might have cancer?

2.   Are you going to refer me?

3.   What happens next?

4.   How long will I have to wait to see someone?

5.   Will there be tests?

6.   What will these involve?

7.   How long will it take to get results?

8.   Will we both be told?

9.   What sort of treatment will I need?

10.  Will I  have to take time off work?

11.  Will I still be able to come to see you?

12.  Is there anyone I can talk to more about this?

The Macmillan Support Line can help with clinical, practical and financial information. Please call us on 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm).

You can download our guide to planning your questions to your healthcare team by clicking below.