What choices can I make about my treatment?
Your oncologist and others in your treatment team will discuss your treatment options with you. Your views and preferences are very important, as your treatment may affect your daily life.
Choices you can be involved in include:
- Which treatments you’ll receive
- When to begin, pause or stop a particular treatment
- What additional care and support you would like
- Where you would like to receive your treatment
Do I have to be involved in decisions?
Some people prefer to leave treatment choices solely up to their treatment team, while others want to be very involved. How involved you want to be may change over time. Your treatment team should support your preference.
What’s important is that you have the information and support you need to be as involved in your treatment decisions as you’d like.
How do I weigh up my options?
Working out what your preferences are and making decisions about your treatment might be difficult. You may have complex choices to make, for example balancing the length of your life against the side effects of treatments.
It’s important you share your views and preferences with your treatment team, so they can provide the right care for you. The tips below may help.
Information last reviewed: October 2015
Next review due: October 2018
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