If you have been referred to an oncologist

You have been referred to an oncologist - a doctor who specialises in treating cancer with radiation, and/or drugs, eg, chemotherapy.

What will happen at the appointment?

The doctor will assess you and offer you treatment based on the type of cancer you have, your general health and personal circumstances.

You will have the chance to ask any questions about the different treatments you could have and discuss the length, frequency and possible side effects. The final choice on treatment is then a joint decision between you and your doctor. You can be as involved as you want to be in making this choice.

After you and your doctor have reached a decision about treatment, you may be asked to sign a consent form to say that you have agreed to have the treatment.

If there is anything about your care and treatment that you do not understand please don’t be afraid to ask. You are welcome to contact your specialist nurse.