Questions About Deciding on a Treatment

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  1. Would you please write down the exact type of lung cancer I have?
  2. May I have a copy of my pathology report?
  3. Has my lung cancer spread beyond the place where it started?
  4. What is the stage of my lung cancer? What does that mean in my case?
  5. Are there other tests that need to be done before we can decide on treatment?
  6. What treatment choices do I have?
  7. What do you suggest and why?
  8. What is the goal of this lung cancer treatment?
  9. How long will treatment last? What will it involve? Where will it be done?
  10. What are the chances my lung cancer can be cured with these options?
  11. What risks or side effects are there to the treatment you suggest?
  12. Is there a way to minimize the side effects?
  13. How long will treatment last? How often will I get it?
  14. What type of follow-up will I need after lung cancer treatment?
  15. Can the treatment cause other problems such as heart, lung, or kidney damage/disease, or fertility problems?
  16. Will I lose my hair? If so, what can I do about it?
  17. What should I do to get ready for treatment?
  18. What are the chances that the treatment won't work or the cancer will come back? What would we do then?
  19. Are clinical trials an option for me?
  20. How do I find clinical trials?