Your cancer care team is in place to help you and those around you who are providing support. Helping people is an essential part of everyone's job.
Please ask questions. Your first visit to a cancer centre can be confusing, even frightening, and we want you to be as comfortable as possible. Answering your questions is important.
If you want to tell someone how you are feeling about what you are going through, please do. It is normal to have a wide range of feelings. People are not too busy to listen.
Your cancer care team wants you to take part in decisions about your treatment. They will give you information to help you understand your choices. You can say when you have had enough information or if you want more. Members of your cancer care team will also give you their best advice. The decisions will always be yours to make with help from your team of caregivers.
Your cancer care team is made up of several healthcare professionals, including your family doctor, the cancer doctor, cancer nurse, social worker, dietitian, pharmacist, radiation therapist, pastoral care worker, and others.
It is common to see more than one cancer doctor. Each doctor has an area in which he or she is an expert. You may be asked to see a new doctor because he or she has a special understanding of your type of cancer and of the treatment you need.