Helping with Treatment

Key Points

  • Let the patient do most of the talking.
  • Take good notes and make sure you get all of your questions answered.
  • Help the patient stay organized. There are many tools available to help with this.

Take action

Doctor’s appointments are really about the patient, but as the caregiver, you may want to speak with the doctor about the patient’s medical records. Make sure you have permission from the patient to have these discussions.

As a caregiver, you are instrumental in offering support during your loved one’s lung cancer treatment phase. During appointments, it is okay to ask questions, but let the patient speak first. If you have more questions you may want to schedule an appointment to speak with the doctor alone. You can encourage your loved one to take the lead in his or her lung cancer care and offer support in a variety ways.

  • Make sure all appointments are kept and treatment instructions are followed. You can help your loved one stay organized and get to and from lung cancer treatments.
  • Get to know the lung cancer care team. That way, you will be more comfortable asking questions.
  • Come to doctor’s appointment prepared with the followings items:
    • List of your loved one’s medications, allergies and medical history
    • Any changes in symptoms, diet and activity you notice
    • A list of questions and concerns
    • A notepad
    • Know when to call the doctor.