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Talking to Your Doctor About Lung Cancer
General Tips for Gathering Information
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
- What is the stage of my lung cancer?
- Was it caught early or has it spread?
- Based on my medical history, lifestyle, and family background, am I at risk for lung cancer?
- What is the possibility that my cancer is related to environmental toxins that might cause lung cancer in other family members?
What are my treatment options?
- Am I a candidate for genotyping and targeted therapy?
- What are the risks and benefits associated with my treatment options?
- What other treatments are available?
- How long will the treatments last?
- What side effects can I expect?
- Will I need to change my daily routine?
- How will I feel during treatment?
- What will I need to do to take care of myself during the treatment period?
- What will we do if the treatment does not succeed?
- How can I find help to quit smoking?
- Are there other lifestyle changes I can make to help my prognosis?
- How likely is it that my treatments will kill all the cancer cells?
- How do I know that my treatment program is effective?
- Should I consider participating in a clinical trial?
- Do you know of any support groups or other patients I can talk with?
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
- Review Date: 08/2017
- Update Date: 07/11/2016