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If you are worried about cancer it can be hard to get your point across in a short appointment time. It may be useful to take a list of questions with you and write down any answers to make sure you remember what was said.

Here are some questions you should always feel like you can ask:

  1. Can I see a male/female doctor? 
  2. I want to use translation services for my appointment. 
  3. Can I bring a friend/family member with me to my appointment? 
  4. I am worried that my symptoms may be linked to cancer.
  5. How can I manage my symptoms? 
  6. What are the treatment options? 
  7. What is going to happen next/What should I do after this appointment? How long do I have to wait until my next appointment? 
  8. Where can I go for further support? 

+ Can I record this conversation in case I forget something important? 

We asked our All-Wales Cancer Community, who have personal experience of being diagnosed what questions they wish they had asked and many of these are listed below.

  • What can I do to help myself?
  • Can you write that down please?
  • What tests are being done and why?
  • Why aren’t any tests being offered?
  • What would the treatment options be?
  • How soon would I start treatment?
  • What support is there?
  • Are effective is this treatment and are there side effects?
  • Who do I contact if I have any worries?

If you want to add any extra questions to this list please email us at

If you or someone you love has been affected by cancer, our free Support Line is there for you. Just call 0808 808 1010