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What to ask your doctor about treating advanced oesophageal cancer

Men and women discussing non oesophageal cancer

Some questions you may want to ask your doctor

  • What treatment do you recommend?
  • What is the aim of the treatment?
  • Is there any choice of treatment?
  • Who can help me with controlling symptoms of my cancer?
  • What treatment can I have for difficulty with swallowing?
  • Can you refer me to a symptom control nurse?
  • What painkillers do you recommend?
  • What are the side effects?
  • Do these tablets cause constipation?
  • What can you give me to help prevent constipation?
  • What can you offer to help control sickness?
  • Would an operation / radiotherapy / chemotherapy help with my symptoms?
  • Are there any new treatments I could try or clinical trials I could join?
  • Can I be treated at home?
  • What if I decide not to have treatment?
  • Is there anyone I can talk to about how I feel?
  • Is there a number I can call if I'm worried between appointments?

 

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Updated: 23 April 2014