What Should You Ask Your Doctor About Lung Carcinoid Tumors?
It is important to have honest, open discussions with your cancer care team. Ask any question, no matter how small it might seem. Here are some questions you might want to ask:
- What kind of carcinoid tumor do I have?
- Has my carcinoid tumor spread beyond the lungs?
- What is the stage (extent) of my carcinoid tumor, and what does that mean in my case?
- Will I need other tests 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?
- Should I get a second opinion?
- What treatment choices do I have?
- What do you recommend and why?
- What risks or side effects are there to the treatments you suggest?
- How quickly do we need to decide on treatment?
- What should I do to be ready for treatment?
- How long will treatment last? What will it be like? Where will it be done?
- How will treatment affect my daily activities?
- What are the chances of my carcinoid tumor coming back with these treatment plans?
- What would we do if the treatment doesn’t work or if the cancer comes back?
- What type of follow-up might I need after treatment?
Along with these sample questions, be sure to write down some of your own. For instance, you might want more information about recovery time so that you can plan your work schedule. Or you may want to ask about clinical trials for which you may qualify.
Keep in mind that doctors aren’t the only ones who can give you information. Other health care professionals, such as nurses and social workers, may have the answers to some of your questions. You can find more information about speaking with your health care team in Talking With Your Doctor.
Last Medical Review: February 5, 2015 Last Revised: February 24, 2016