Again it’s worth bringing a relative or friend with you to this appointment.
A lot of information and discussion will occur and it’s always helpful to have another pair of ears to listen to the information.
At the appointment there will be a number of professionals some of whom will be in the clinic room and others who will meet you after the initial discussion with you. Allow plenty of time for this appointment (one to two hours). While we try to offer time slots, the different amounts of the discussion for different patients means this can only be approximate as we need to respond to the needs of different individuals.
The doctors at the clinic will usually be a surgeon and a non-surgeon (radiotherapist/ oncologist) as well as a specialist nurse.
They will want to go over what has happened so far, and may perform a brief examination.
The team will the explain the options that have come from the multidisciplinary team meeting (MDT) and listen to your thoughts about what you have heard. You may well wish to go away and think about this in more detail and that’s fine. The aim is to make an informed decision so that the next step in the pathway is clear and you are comfortable with it.