Living with cancer

Being told you have cancer

Being told you have cancer can be difficult to deal with. Everyone reacts in their own way and it can be hard to take in everything that you are told. You can always go back to see your doctor or nurse another time to talk things over again. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask for something to be explained again. Understanding your diagnosis is a good start to understanding the treatment and care that you will get.

More information about getting the most from talking to health care professionals is available in the Talking to members of your healthcare team section of this website.

If you have been affected by cancer in some way and would like to talk to someone about what you have read or need help finding information - you are welcome to drop into any Maggie’s Centre or to visit Maggie’s Online Centre and talk with a cancer support specialist.