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What questions should I ask my doctor about my lung cancer?

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Finding out that you have cancer is overwhelming. You may want to start by asking your doctor:

  • How serious is my lung cancer?
  • Has it spread, where has it spread, and what does that mean?
  • What are my cancer treatment options? How well do they work?
  • What are the side effects?
  • What other treatments might I need to feel OK?
  • Will I have to stop working while having treatment?
  • What happens if the cancer continues to spread?
  • Have you treated anyone else with this type of lung cancer?
  • Can I take part in clinical trials? How can I find out about that?
  • Is there a medical center that takes care of my kind of cancer regularly that I can visit?

From: Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

College of American Pathologists: "Lung Cancer: Lung Adenocarcinoma."

National Cancer Institute: "General Information About Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer," "Eating Problems and Ways To Manage Them," "Your Feelings: Learning You Have Cancer."

Medscape: "Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment & Management."

University of Southern California: "A Patient's Guide to Lung Surgery."

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library: "Mediastinoscopy."

LungCancer.org: "Types and Staging of Lung Cancer."

Medline Plus: "Radiation Therapy."

American Cancer Society: "Photodynamic Therapy," "Managing symptoms of advanced cancer, by location," "Lung Cancer (Non-Small Cell)," "Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Non-small cell lung cancer treatment; stage I to III cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 1, 2017

SOURCES:

College of American Pathologists: "Lung Cancer: Lung Adenocarcinoma."

National Cancer Institute: "General Information About Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer," "Eating Problems and Ways To Manage Them," "Your Feelings: Learning You Have Cancer."

Medscape: "Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment & Management."

University of Southern California: "A Patient's Guide to Lung Surgery."

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library: "Mediastinoscopy."

LungCancer.org: "Types and Staging of Lung Cancer."

Medline Plus: "Radiation Therapy."

American Cancer Society: "Photodynamic Therapy," "Managing symptoms of advanced cancer, by location," "Lung Cancer (Non-Small Cell)," "Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Non-small cell lung cancer treatment; stage I to III cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 1, 2017

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