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FOR ALL PATIENTS WITH LUNG CANCER:

• WHAT TYPE OF LUNG CANCER DO I HAVE?

• WHAT IS THE STAGE OF MY LUNG CANCER? WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

• SHOULD I SEE ANOTHER DOCTOR TO ASSIST IN MY CARE, SUCH AS A THORACIC SURGEON, RADIATION ONCOLOGIST, MEDICAL ONCOLOGIST, AND/OR PULMONOLOGIST? WHAT IS THE ROLE OF EACH DOCTOR IN MY CARE?

• DO I NEED ADDITIONAL SCANS OR BIOPSIES IN ORDER TO PLAN MY TREATMENT?

• CAN YOU EXPLAIN MY PATHOLOGY REPORT (LABORATORY TEST RESULTS) TO ME?

• WHAT IS THE GOAL OF MY TREATMENT?

• WHAT CLINICAL TRIALS ARE OPEN TO ME?

• WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF THIS TREATMENT, BOTH IN THE SHORT TERM AND THE LONG TERM?

• HOW WILL THIS TREATMENT AFFECT MY DAILY LIFE? WILL I BE ABLE TO WORK, EXERCISE, AND PERFORM MY USUAL ACTIVITIES?

• IN ADDITION TO TREATING MY CANCER, WHAT CAN BE DONE TO TREAT MY SYMPTOMS?

• ARE THERE ANY OTHER TREATMENT OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO ME?

• WHAT SUPPORT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE TO ME? TO MY FAMILY?

FOR PATIENTS WHO WILL HAVE SURGERY:

• WHAT TYPE OF SURGERY WILL I HAVE? WILL LYMPH NODES BE REMOVED?

• HOW LONG WILL THE OPERATION TAKE?

• HOW LONG WILL I BE IN THE HOSPITAL?

• CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT MY RECOVERY FROM SURGERY WILL BE LIKE?

FOR PATIENTS WHO ARE TO RECEIVE CHEMOTHERAPY AND TARGETED THERAPY:

• WHAT ARE THE NAMES OF THE DRUGS, AND HOW ARE THEY GIVEN?

• WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF EACH MEDICATION? WHAT SIDE EFFECTS OR PROBLEMS SHOULD I WATCH FOR?

• WHAT CAN BE DONE TO LESSEN THESE SIDE EFFECTS?

• HOW OFTEN WILL I NEED TO VISIT THE DOCTOR TO RECEIVE THE THERAPY, AND HOW LONG WILL EACH VISIT TAKE?

• WILL I BE ABLE TO GO TO AND RETURN FROM THIS TREATMENT ON MY OWN, OR SHOULD I ARRANGE TO HAVE ASSISTANCE?

FOR PATIENTS WHO ARE TO RECEIVE RADIATION THERAPY:

• HOW WILL MY TREATMENT BE PLANNED? WHAT TYPES OF SCANS WILL BE USED?

• WHERE WILL I RECEIVE RADIATION THERAPY?

• HOW OFTEN WILL I RECEIVE RADIATION THERAPY?

• HOW MUCH TIME WILL EACH TREATMENT TAKE?

• HOW MUCH OF THE NORMAL LUNG WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE RADIATION FIELD?

• IS IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO RECEIVE CHEMOTHERAPY WITH MY RADIATION THERAPY? IF SO, WHAT ARE THE ADDED SIDE EFFECTS OF GIVING THE CHEMOTHERAPY AT THE SAME TIME, COMPARED WITH ONE AFTER ANOTHER?

• WILL I BE ABLE TO GO TO AND RETURN FROM THIS TREATMENT ON MY OWN, OR SHOULD I ARRANGE TO HAVE ASSISTANCE?

FOR PATIENTS CONSIDERING A CLINICAL TRIAL:

• WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOR STANDARD TREATMENT?

• WHAT OTHER TREATMENTS THROUGH CLINICAL TRIALS ARE AVAILABLE TO ME?

• HOW WILL MY EXPERIENCE DIFFER IF I ENROLL IN THIS CLINICAL TRIAL, AS OPPOSED TO STANDARD TREATMENT (DIFFERENT RISKS, EXTRA TESTS OR TIME COMMITMENT, SCHEDULE)?

• WHAT IS THE GOAL OF THIS CLINICAL TRIAL? IS THIS A PHASE I, II, OR III CLINICAL TRIAL? WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

• WHERE WILL I RECEIVE THE CLINICAL TRIAL TREATMENT?

FOR PATIENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR TREATMENT:

• WHAT ARE THE CHANCES THAT MY CANCER WILL RETURN?

• IS THERE ANYTHING MORE I CAN DO TO REDUCE THE CHANCE THAT MY CANCER WILL RETURN?

• WHAT FOLLOW-UP TESTS WILL I NEED AND HOW OFTEN WILL I NEED THEM?

• WHAT TESTS WILL I HAVE DURING MY FOLLOW-UP VISIT?

FOR PATIENTS WHO SMOKE:

• HOW CAN YOU HELP ME TO QUIT SMOKING

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