10 Questions To Ask Your Oncologist

After a long wait, we only get a short time with our Oncologist and so it pays to make the appointment count. A bit of preparation beforehand can reduce stress and get the answers you need.

Tips on preparing for your appointment


  • Put together a list of questions for your Oncologist.
  • Make sure you have all your paperwork and appointment book with you so you can refer to them if needed.
  • Find someone to come with you to give emotional support and listen to what is being said.
  • Note down anything you need to tell your Oncologist e.g. symptoms you are experiencing


When you leave the Oncologist’s office, ideally you will have a clear understanding of what has been said, what your diagnosis is and what the plan is going forward. Many cancer patients come out of their appointments more confused about what is happening to them. It is worth spending some time, writing down questions you want to ask your medical professional before your appointment.


Here are 10 suggested questions to ask your Oncologist as a starting point:


  1. What kind of cancer do I have?
  2. What stage is it, and is it fast or slow growing?
  3. What are my treatment options?
  4. What are the short-term side effects?
  5. What are the long-term side effects?
  6. Is the treatment curative or palliative?
  7. How often will I have my treatment, and where?
  8. Can I have a copy of my blood test results/scan results?
  9. What can I do to support my overall health during treatment?
  10. What date and time is my next appointment with you?


Understanding treatment impacts your daily life can help you plan and make necessary adjustments, which will reduce stress. Open communication with your Oncologist will make you feel more confident in dealing with treatment. Feel free to ask questions or tell them your concerns.

Victoria Walsh

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