Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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Questions to Ask You Doctor About Your Lung Cancer Diagnosis

When you meet with your doctor, you will hear a lot of information. These questions may help you learn more about your cancer and what you can expect next.

– What type of cancer do I have?

– What is the stage of my cancer?

– Has it spread to other areas of my body?

– Will I need more tests before treatment begins? Which ones?

– Will you help me find a doctor to give me another opinion on the best treatment plan for me?

– How serious is my cancer?

– What are my chances of survival?

– Who can I contact with any questions or problems I may experience?

– Should a family member or friend come with me to my treatment sessions?

Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Your Treatment (general)

You may want to ask your doctor some of the following questions before you decide on
your lung cancer treatment.

– What are the ways to treat my type and stage of cancer?

– What are the benefits and risks of each of these treatments?

– What treatment do you recommend? Why do you think it is best for me?

– When will I need to start treatment?

– Will I need to be in the hospital for treatment? If so, for how long?

– What is my chance of recovery with this treatment?

– How will we know if the treatment is working?

– Would a clinical trial (research study) be right for me?

– Will I need a specialist(s) for my cancer treatment?

– Will you help me find a doctor to give me another opinion on the best treatment plan for me?

– Will you help me find a social worker/patient navigator to help guide me through treatment?

– Will I have a case manager to help with insurance questions?

Questions about Surgery

Surgery is one of the options for treating patients who are diagnosed with lung cancer. Sometimes surgery is the only treatment necessary, and sometimes surgery is combined with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.

– Is surgery an option for me? If so, what kind of surgery do you suggest?

– What are the risks, benefits and alternatives to surgery?

– How much of the lung will be removed?

– How will removal of the lung affect my breathing?

– What is my recovery time in the hospital and at home?

– If I have pain, how will it be controlled?

– Do I need to arrange to have someone to help me with daily activities?