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What to ask your doctor about oesophageal cancer treatment

Men and women discussing non oesophageal cancer

Some questions you may want to ask your doctor

  • What is the stage of my cancer and what does this mean?
  • What is the grade of my cancer and what does this mean?
  • What is the likely outcome of my cancer?
  • What type of treatment do I need?
  • Is there any choice of treatment?
  • What written information can you give me about these treatments?
  • Is there a specialist nurse I can see?
  • What are the short and long term side effects?
  • How can I help to reduce the side effects?
  • How often will I have to come to the hospital for treatment?
  • Is there any transport available or any help with fares?
  • How long will the treatment last?
  • How can I get a second opinion?
  • Are there any experimental treatments or trials that might help me?
  • Who can help manage my cancer symptoms?
  • How can you help with difficulty swallowing?
  • Is there a counsellor or clinical nurse specialist here I could talk things through with?
  • How often will you see me once my treatment is finished?
  • What will happen at my follow up appointments?
  • Is there a number I can ring if I am worried about anything between appointments?
  • Is there anything I should be looking out for?

 

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Updated: 23 April 2014