Lung Cancer (small cell) Overview

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What are some questions I can ask my doctor about small cell lung cancer?

As you cope with cancer and cancer treatment, we encourage you to have honest, open talks with your doctor. Feel free to ask any question that’s on your mind, no matter how small it might seem. Here are some questions you might want to ask. Take them with you to your next doctor visit. Be sure to add your own questions as you think of them. Nurses, social workers, and other members of the treatment team may also be able to answer many of your questions.

  • Would you please write down the exact type of lung cancer I have?
  • May I have a copy of my pathology report?
  • Where exactly is the cancer? Has it spread beyond the place where it started?
  • What is the stage of my cancer? What does that mean in my case?
  • Are there other tests that need to be done before we can decide on treatment?
  • Are there other doctors I need to see?
  • How much experience do you have treating this type of cancer?
  • What treatment choices do I have?
  • What do you suggest and why?
  • What is the goal of this treatment?
  • How long will treatment last? What will it involve? Where will it be done?
  • How quickly do we need to decide on treatment?
  • What are my chances of long-term survival?
  • What risks or side effects are there to the treatment you suggest? How long are they likely to last?
  • Will I lose my hair? If so, what can I do about it?
  • What should I do to get ready for treatment?
  • What are the chances of the cancer coming back after treatment? What would we do if that happens?
  • What will we do if the treatment doesn’t work or if the cancer comes back?
  • What type of follow-up will I need after treatment?

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Last Medical Review: 09/09/2013
Last Revised: 02/11/2014