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What to ask your doctor about living with brain tumours

Men and women discussing brain tumours

Some questions you might ask your doctor

  • How long will it take me to recover from the effects of my treatment?
  • Will I get back to how I was before the brain tumour?
  • Can you refer me to physiotherapy or speech therapy to help me get better more quickly?
  • Will I develop long term effects from my treatment and if so, when would you expect this to happen?
  • Can you put me in touch with someone to help me deal with my feelings about what has happened?
  • Are there any counselling services here I could use?
  • Will I have to pay for counselling?
  • When will I be able to go back to work / college / school?
  • Can I take up my usual sports, hobbies and activities again?
  • Is there anything I shouldn't do?
  • When will I be able to drive again?
  • Is there anyone who can help me with my finances?
  • Can anyone help me with claiming benefits and grants?
  • Can I go abroad on holiday?
  • Will you write a letter to help me get travel insurance?
  • How likely is it that my brain tumour will come back?
  • How will I know if the brain tumour is coming back?
  • If my brain tumour is likely to come back, when is this likely to happen?
  • What symptoms will I have?
  • What help can you offer to help me cope with my symptoms?
  • Can you refer me to a specialist nurse?
  • What help can I get at home?
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Updated: 31 December 2013