Support consultations provide a safe space for patients to talk, obtain information and receive support following their diagnosis.
Your oncologist can recommend you for a support consultation. It will be held either with a nurse or a radiology technician, depending on your course of treatment. You may choose to be accompanied by a person of your choice during the consultation.
The consultation will provide you with an opportunity to talk about your worries, go over what your doctor told you, explain your treatment plan, discuss the treatments you are going to receive and their side effects and take a look at your situation so that you can be referred to the support service, if necessary.
The aim of this meeting is to identify any future needs (such as psychological and nutritional support) in order to provide you with personalised care and ensure that you are referred to the necessary services. Your care worker will explain the structure of your future appointments, when and how you will need to take medication before your treatment, how long you will need to remain in hospital and when you will be able to return home. They will be able to provide you with various information documents, if required.
Depending on your needs and your treatment plan, your care worker will show you a film to help you better understand your next steps.
Support consultations provide a safe space for patients to talk, obtain information and receive support.
It helped me better understand what the doctor had said and gave me a chance to ask questions.Daniel (patient)