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This is a devastating experience for most people – even if you did suspect something serious when the hospital ‘phoned with an urgent appointment to see the specialist.

“Shocked”, “Devastated” ,”Numb”, “What about my family?”, “Oh my God, it can’t be true” – this is how many people describe their experience. So you are not alone.

“The doctor was very kind and tried to explain the treatment I could have, and the nurse said not to worry, they would do some more tests and I would start treatment soon. But I can’t remember anything they said – I didn’t hear anything else, my mind went blank”.

Now you are home again, looking at this computer screen, there are so many questions going round in your head. You are probably wondering where to look, what to do, where to go, who to talk to, what happens next?

Based on our experience at Cancer Connections, we would like to suggest the following:

  • talk about it with your family, or a close friend
  • write down your questions
  • arrange another appointment with the specialist
  • take the piece of paper with you and ask all the questions
  • make sure that you understand the answers
  • take your husband, wife, partner or friend with you so that they can remember what you forget.

In this situation it can be helpful to talk with others who have been through the same experience, so ask if there is a cancer support group near where you live, and make contact with them.

If you live in the North East of England, come along to Cancer Connections.

We are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday at 258 Harton Lane, South Shields NE34 0LR.    

If you prefer to telephone our number is 0191 456 5081