I am worried that I might have cancer

We understand that thinking you may have cancer is an incredibly difficult period in your life. You may feel uncertain, overwhelmed, scared, or simply don’t know what to feel. That’s ok, it’s normal, the most important thing is to talk to a health care professional about your concerns.  

If you’re experiencing symptoms that you’re concerned about

There are certain changes to the body that may suggest someone has cancer. These don’t always mean cancer, but it is important that they are checked out as soon as possible. The sooner a cancer is detected, the more likely that treatment will be successful.

Your GP is the best person to discuss your concerns or changes in your body with. They can refer you to the hospital for tests and investigations. Once the results from these tests are established, the team will know if you have cancer or not.

Signs and Symptoms of cancer is a helpful online resource provided by Macmillan Cancer Support.

If you’re waiting for results

Waiting to find out results can often be a difficult period and we understand that you may be tempted to try and search for as much information as possible during this time. It is important to make sure you visit websites which are regularly monitored and updated to ensure they contain the most up to date and correct information.

When you do get your results, if it isn’t cancer, your GP can try to establish what the changes are, and for this you may need further tests.

If it is cancer, you will meet lots of different people to talk you through the treatment options available to you.

Specialist Support

Please rest assured that if you do get bad news, there is a wealth of support available to you from a dedicated team of healthcare professionals. Your team at the hospital will be made up of a range of professionals called a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT). They are specialists who will discuss the best treatment options for you as an individual.

The Cancer Care Centre at York Hospital is available for patients and their loved ones to visit at any time to simply have a chat, find out more about your treatment, or access some of the services that are available to you.


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