At Your Appointment

Lung Cancer Appointment Guide

Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • Is this the first time you've been diagnosed with lung cancer, or is it a recurrence?
  • Have you been previously diagnosed with any other type of cancer?
  • What other health conditions do you have? How are you treating and managing them?
  • What kind of emotional and social support do you have to help you cope with lung cancer?
  • Are you experiencing any side effects from the cancer treatments?
  • Do you have any questions, or worries or concerns you'd like to discuss?
  • Is this the first lung abnormality that's been spotted?
  • Are you a smoker?
  • Do you have a family history of cancer?
  • Do you have any new symptoms to discuss, like severe coughing or spitting up blood?
  • Have you been previously diagnosed with any other type of cancer?
  • How are you tolerating the medications and treatments for lung cancer?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What is the treatment plan that was initially proposed to you?
  • Would you be willing to consider a clinical trial?
  • How long will it take to find out if I have lung cancer?
  • If I have lung cancer, how will you know which type of lung cancer I have?
  • If I have small cell lung cancer or non-small cell lung cancer, how will that affect my treatment options and prognosis?
  • Is there anything I can do to lower my risk of lung cancer?
  • What type of lung cancer do I have?
  • Has the lung cancer spread to my lymph nodes or anywhere else?
  • What treatment plan are you recommending for me? And why?
  • Am I a candidate for any new lung cancer treatments or any investigative clinical trials?
  • How long will it take to treat my lung cancer?
  • Are there different treatments for late stage (stage 3 or 4) lung cancer?
  • What is my prognosis?
  • If I am having bad side effects from my treatments, are there other options for me?
  • Are my new symptoms a direct result of my lung cancer treatment?
  • How aggressive is my lung cancer?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Jul 17
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