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:? Today is my family's first visit with the cancer doctor. My father has been diagnosed with sclc (the nurse told me, so he My my mother won't find out until today). What should I make sure and ask the doctor? Any help would be appreciated. My mother is 89 and I'm an only child, so I'm sure that I will have to take care of things from here on out.
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Your biggest challenge today , as I see it , is "hearing" what the doctor has to say to you. Take notes or bring a small tape recorder. This visit tends to be so emotionally charged that it is difficult to remember all that is said and remember it accurately. Good luck. Donna G

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Hi Retha,

Sorry to hear about you father. Here are some questions you can ask your doctor. Stay positive and focused. Learn as much as you can. Stay with us. Great people with lots of support, information and caring. My prayers are with your family. Peace, take care and God Bless.


**For all patients with lung cancer:

· What is my diagnosis?

· What is the stage of my lung cancer?

· Should I see another doctor to assist in my care, such as a thoracic surgeon, radiation oncologist, medical oncologist, or pulmonologist?

· Do I need additional scans or biopsies in order to plan my treatment?

· What is the goal of my treatment?

· Besides treating my cancer, what can be done to treat my symptoms?

· Are there any other treatment options available to me?

· Are there any clinical trials for which I am eligible?

**For patients who are to receive chemotherapy:

· What are the names of the chemotherapy drugs, and how are they given?

· What are the side effects of this chemotherapy? What symptoms or problems should I look out for?

· What can be done to lessen these side effects?

· How often will I need to visit the doctor and how long will each visit take?

**For patients who are to receive radiation therapy:

· How will my treatment be planned (what types of scans will be used)?

· How much of the normal lung will be included in the radiation field?

· Is it possible for me to receive chemotherapy with my radiation? If so, what are the added side effects of giving the chemotherapy at the same time, compared to one after another?

**For patients considering a clinical trial:

· What are my options for standard treatment?

· What other 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)?

**For patients who have completed all of 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?

· How often should I visit the doctor to follow up?

· What tests will I have during my follow up?

**For patients who smoke:

· Can you help me to quit smoking?


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