Before a doctor or other health care professional can treat a patient, the patient must have given their consent.
Before signing the consent form, a doctor or nurse should inform the patient about:
- The treatment process
- The choices patients have in relation to their management treatment plan
- The risks and benefits of each treatment type
- Any other effects of cancer treatment
The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for Northern Ireland has issued an information leaflet on consent that can be downloaded.
There is further information on consent and what people should expect as a patient in the Northern Ireland Health Service on the Department's website.