Questions about lung cancer

Below are some questions about lung cancer to ask your doctor to learn more about the disease, and your care and treatment options. If your doctor gives you answers that you don’t understand, ask for clarification.

  • What type of lung cancer do I have?
  • Has the cancer spread?
  • How fast is it growing?
  • What treatment do you recommend and why?
  • Are there other treatment choices for me?
  • If not, why not?
  • What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • Will I have to stay in hospital?
  • How much will treatment cost?
  • Will the treatment cause any pain?
  • How will the pain be managed?
  • Are the latest tests and treatments for lung cancer available in this hospital?
  • Are there any clinical trials or research studies I could join?
  • How frequently will I need check-ups after treatment?
  • Who should I go to for my follow-up appointments?
  • Are there any complementary therapies that might help me?
  • Should I change my diet during or after treatment?
  • How will I know if the cancer comes back?
  • If the cancer comes back, what are my treatment options?

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