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Lung Cancer Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • 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?
  • 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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