4.6.2 Communication with the patient, family and carer

The lead clinician should:

  • discuss the treatment plan with the patient and carer, including the intent of treatment and expected outcomes (provide a written plan after final histopathological diagnosis (not frozen section) is available)
  • provide the patient and carer with information on possible side effects of treatment, self- management strategies and emergency contacts
  • initiate a discussion regarding advance care planning with the patient and carer.