Talking to Your Doctor About Lung Cancer
by Debra Wood, RN
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with lung cancer. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Do I need a second opnion?
About Lung Cancer
About Your Risk of Developing Lung Cancer
About Treatment Options
About Lifestyle Changes
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Last reviewed September 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
Last Updated: 7/11/2016