We have so many questions

Even though you are given lots of contacts for different people, sometimes you don’t know what to ask until happens. I feel absolutely helpless?

  • Hello Cookie2.  What you are feeling is absolutely natural.  Being diagnosed with cancer is extremely traumatic, and that's why those of us who get this diagnosis often find that we can  not think straight for a while.  It's a bit like being on auto-pilot isn't it?   If you have any questions you would like to ask us, then please feel free to do so.  There will always be someone on here who can answer your questions.  Take care, x

  • Hi,

    It's normal to feel like this when you have just been diagnosed - you are in shock & it's not until the shock starts to wear off that you think of questions you wish you'd asked. 

    Have you been introduced to or been given the details of your specialist cancer nurse? They are a great resource to contact when you have a question that needs answering. If you haven't, ring the department dealing with your care & ask for the cancer nurse's contact details or you may be able to find it on your hospital's website. Meanwhile, make a list of questions so that you can either ask the nurse or you can ask them at your next appointment. Take someone with you so that, if you forget anything, you have a second set of ears! If you can't take anyone, ask if you can record the appointment on your phone so that you can play it back later. Most consultants are happy to allow this.

    We are all here to help too if it's something we've had personal experience of but your medical team are the best to answer questions more personal to your situation.

    Good luck & best wishes,

    Angie (Stage 3 melanoma patient since 2009)