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Asking lung cancer questions is the best way to further understand your condition and be better involved in the diagnosis or treatment process. It's not always easy to remember the questions you might want to ask the doctor, so the following article contains a list of lung cancer questions categorized by topic. When consulting with your doctor and asking specific lung cancer questions, you should consider taking notes or bringing a tape recorder to help you remember what the doctor says.
Asking your doctor lung cancer questions will help you further understand your condition. To help you remember what the doctor says, you may take notes or ask whether you may use a tape recorder. Some people also want to have a family member or friend with them when they consult with the doctor -- to take part in the discussion, to take notes, or just to listen.
Some questions to ask your doctor about lung cancer diagnosis include the following:
- What tests can diagnose lung cancer? Are they painful?
- How soon after the tests will I learn the results?
- What type of lung cancer do I have?
Examples of lung cancer questions to ask your doctor before treatment begins include the following:
- What lung cancer treatment options are recommended for me?
- What clinical trials are appropriate for my type of cancer?
- Will I need to be in the hospital to receive my lung cancer treatment? For how long?
- How might my normal activities change during treatment?