You will have regular appointments throughout your diagnosis and treatment with members of your treatment team such as your breast care nurse, surgeon or oncologist.
Here are some tips on how to prepare for you appointment.
1. Write your questions down
It may help to write a list of questions and things you want to discuss, including information about how you’re feeling physically and emotionally. This might include:
- questions about your pathology results
- questions about your treatment
- any symptoms or side effects you’ve been experiencing
If you use a symptom diary it can be helpful to share this with your treatment team.
You can also use our Your body, sex and intimacy discussion prompt list to help discuss these issues with your specialist team and get the support you need.
2. Take someone along
You may feel overwhelmed with a lot of new information and it can be useful to take someone with you to appointments who can listen too and help you remember what was said. It can be helpful to talk to your supporter afterwards and discuss any decisions you have been asked to make about your care. You may also find it useful to take notes during your appointment.
3. Say what you want to say
It helps healthcare professionals to care for you if they know what your concerns are and what information you would like. Don’t be afraid to say what’s on your mind.
4. Get answers to your questions
Healthcare professionals know that it’s important for your wellbeing to have your questions answered. If you don’t feel you have had an answer to your question, ask again. Sometimes it’s not possible to give a definite answer, but your healthcare professional should be able to explain why if this is the case.
If you have any questions you feel you haven’t had answered, or would like to talk through any concerns, call our Helpline on 0808 800 6000.