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Key questions to ask your doctor

Ask the right questions

Unlock more information from your doctor by asking the right questions to learn more about your lung cancer diagnosis and potential treatment options. The following list of questions can be your first step to get answers specific to you.

General information

General information

What type of cancer do I have?

Where is it located?

What are the risk factors for this disease?

Is this type of cancer caused by genetic factors? Are other members of my family at risk?

What lifestyle changes—such as diet, exercise, and rest—should I make to be healthy before, during, and after treatment?

Where can I find more information about this type of cancer?



What are some common symptoms of this type of cancer?

How can I prevent or manage them?

What are the treatment options for my symptoms?

Will certain activities make my symptoms worse?

What should I do if I notice new symptoms or if existing symptoms worsen?



What diagnostic tests or procedures will I need? How often?

Where will I go to have the tests or procedures?

How can I prepare for them?

What will we learn from the tests or procedures?

When will I get the results, and how will I receive them?

What does my pathology report tell us about the cancer?

Will I need to repeat any tests or procedures if I seek a second opinion?

How and when should I communicate with loved ones about my diagnosis?



What is the stage of the cancer? What does this mean?

Has cancer spread to my lymph nodes or any other parts of my body?

How is staging used to help decide the best type of cancer treatment?

What is my chance of recovery?



What are my treatment options?

Which treatments do you recommend? Why?

What is the goal of the treatment? Is it to eliminate the cancer, help me feel better, or both?

What clinical trials are available for me? Where are they located? How do I find out more about them?

Who will be part of my cancer care team? What does each person do?

How much experience do you or other members of the cancer care team have treating this type of cancer?

Will I need to stay in the hospital for treatment? Or will this treatment happen in an outpatient clinic?

What is the expected timeline for my treatment? Do I need it immediately?

How will this treatment affect my daily life? Will I be able to work, exercise, and perform my usual activities?

What are the short- and long-term side effects of this treatment?

Could this treatment affect my ability to become pregnant or have children? If so, should I talk with a fertility specialist before cancer treatment begins?

How will you treat side effects that I experience during treatment?

How can I keep myself as healthy as possible during treatment?