Diagnosis: wait a week, then a plan

MEETING THE CONSULTANT
After your scans, you’ll wait a week to meet the consultant. Your team meets to decide on the best course of treatment.

For me, that meant a last-minute change of plan. No surgery (3 days before I was due to go in), but radiotherapy instead. And a wait of 2 months, because there’d been a surge of patients needing treatment. Cuts or kismet? I was never sure.

You definitely need someone else there, because that’s when you’ll be asked the question – do you want to go ahead?

JARGON
The trouble is, not all consultants speak clearly. Some use medical jargon – that’s the world they live in. Check out the MacMillan and NHS websites before the meeting if you can.

jargon

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