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Your Doctor Visit

What You Need to Bring Along

Seeking consultation at SingHealth institutions: What to Bring

First Visit​For ForeignersFollow-up Visit
  • ​NRIC
  • Referral Letter (if any)
    Civil Service Card/
    Public Service Card/
    Letter of Guarantee
    (if any)
  • Latest investigation
    reports/X-ray films
    (if any)
  • ​Passport
  • Work Permit
  • Employment Pass
  • ​Appointment Card
  • NRIC

Making the most of your consultation with the doctor

When cancer is diagnosed, you enter a partnership in care with your doctor. As an informed patient who can participate actively in your treatment, you have the right to:

  1. Ask your doctor questions
  2. Be specifically informed about the important details of your care
  3. Make an informed choice from the options available to you

Only your doctor can give you the information that is specific to you.

​Questions to ask your doctor


  • What is cancer?
  • How does cancer spread?
  • What is the name of my cancer?
  • Which parts of my body are affected?
  • Is it slow growing?
  • Is it possible to completely cure my cancer?

About Tests

  • Why are you doing this test?
  • What will this investigation involve?
  • What information will you get?
  • How accurate is this test?
  • What are the risks involved, if the test is invasive?
  • Will the results of this test make any difference to the treatment you provide?
  • What are the results of the tests I have already had?

About Your Treatment

  • What treatments are available for my type of cancer?
  • What is the aim of each treatment? Is it to cure? Is it for temporary control? Is it to reduce symptoms? 
  • What is the chance of the treatment working?
  • What will happen if I have no treatment?
  • How long will it be before I know if the treatment is working?
  • What difference will this treatment make to my quality of life?
  • How is the treatment given?
  • How does the treatment work?
  • What are the possible side effects of treatment?
  • Can these side effects be prevented or controlled?
  • Are the effects temporary or permanent?
  • Will I receive treatment as an outpatient or be admitted to hospital?
  • How much do these treatments cost?
  • What can I do to help in the treatment?
  • What if this treatment does not work?

When you visit your doctor

  • Prepare your questions beforehand.
  • Write down the answers if possible.
  • If you don’t understand the answers, ask your doctor to explain again.
  • If you want to, bring a friend or relative for support.
  • If you have diffi culty communicating in English, ask for an interpreter.