This checklist includes the kinds of questions you may want to ask your doctor about living well after cancer treatment.
Fear of the cancer coming back
- Am I at risk of getting a different type of cancer or another serious health problem due to the cancer or its treatment?
- How can I manage the fear of the cancer coming back?
- What can I do to reduce the chance of the cancer returning?
- How likely is it that my cancer will come back?
- Is it possible to get a survivorship care plan?
- Can I have a copy of my cancer treatment summary?
- Who should I go to for my follow-up appointments?
- Why do I need check-ups?
- What will happen during my check-ups?
- How often do I need check-ups?
- What symptoms/problems should I watch out for?
- Who should I contact if I develop new symptoms?
- What happens if there are signs the cancer has come back?
Family and friends
- Where can my family get help and advice?
- Are my children at risk of inheriting my type of cancer?
Treatment side effects
- How long will it be before I feel better?
- Am I at risk of developing late effects? What might these be?
- What can I do to prevent this?
- Am I likely to have long-term problems with pain? How can
- I control the pain?
- What can I do to stop feeling so tired all the time?
- What can I do to help me sleep better?
- Where can I get help for dealing with my feelings? Can you refer me to a psychologist or counsellor?
- What sexual changes are likely to be short term and what changes are likely to be long term? Who can I speak to about this?
- Did the cancer and treatment affect my fertility?
- Is there someone I can see about ongoing side effects?
Taking control of your health
- Is there anything I can do to improve my health?
- Should I follow a special diet now that treatment has finished?
- Who can give me advice about eating a healthy diet?
- What exercises would you recommend? Can you refer me to a physiotherapist or exercise physiologist?
- What advice do you have about returning to work?
- Are there any complementary therapies that might help me?
- Are there any support services you can refer me to?