Preparing a set of questions for discussion at your consultation will help you understand what to expect and how you will be proceeding for diagnosis and treatment.

Questions About My Diagnosis

  • What leads you to believe that I have lung cancer? Are there other conditions that mimic the same symptoms?
  • What caused this condition?
  • How extensive is my lung cancer? How bad is my condition?
  • Which pulmonary tests do I need?
  • Do I need an MRI or CAT scan of my lungs to confirm the diagnosis?
  • What is my prognosis?
  • What type of lung cancer is it?
  • Is this condition curable?
  • Will it affect my other vital organs?

Questions About My Treatment

  • What medication will I be prescribed for my condition?
  • What are the side effects of the drugs?
  • Do I need surgery?
  • Will I be carrying an oxygen tank?
  • Is there a clinical trial that has newer treatments that I can participate in?

Questions About My Lifestyle and Family

  • Is this hereditary?
  • Can you help me to stop smoking with medication or other methods?
  • Would nicotine replacement therapy affect my condition?
  • Can I go out with a portable oxygen tank? What precautions should I take? What precautions should my family take?
  • Will I still be able to work?
  • Can I still have intimacy?
  • Can I sleep lying flat or do I need a special bed?
  • Is there a special diet I should be on?
  • Are there support groups that I can attend?