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Discussing Cancer With Your Doctor

Published on Jul 31, 2020
Authored by Pfizer Medical Team
older man talking to his doctor

When faced with a cancer diagnosis, you and your family might feel like the earth has been ripped from under you. What can help is to gain a better understanding of what is in front of you. You also need to find a doctor with whom you feel comfortable and can speak openly. But just what should you and your doctor talk about?

Knowing what questions to ask can help you feel prepared for your doctor visits. While it may take more than one appointment to ensure that all of your concerns are addressed, making a list of your questions in advance can help you get the answers you need.

Create your discussion guide

Read over the following list of questions, then check off those that you would like to discuss with your doctor. You can also add your own questions at the bottom. When you’re finished, print out your personalised doctor discussion guide and bring it to your next appointment.

If you prefer, Rare Cancers Australia have created a mobile app that prompts questions and with permission from your clinician, records the consultation for later reference.


This tool is not intended to result in a diagnosis or a treatment recommendation. It’s meant to help you have a more meaningful discussion with your doctor. Please be assured that no information about you will be collected or stored.

When you learn about your cancer diagnosis

When working with the doctor on your treatment plan

About day to day life

Please add any additional questions you'd like to ask your doctor.


Cancer Council: Questions to ask your doctor https://www.cancer.org.au/about-cancer/after-a-diagnosis/questions-to-ask-your-doctor.html Accessed June 30, 2020

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