How Are Treatment Decisions Made?
- Treatment options are based on the following characteristics:
- Type of lung cancer
- Stage of cancer
- Other present health issues
- Patient preferences
- You and your care team work together to make treatment decisions.
What are patient preferences?
These are considerations like what kind of side effects you think you can tolerate, your schedule, what types of treatment make you most comfortable and any other personal preferences you might have.
Based on your lung cancer profile and your personal preferences, your doctor will present you with one or a combination of the following options:
You may also qualify for an emerging treatment or a clinical trial. If your doctor does not bring this up, ask more questions about whether these are options for you.
Once you find out which treatments are recommended, you should ask your doctor about:
- Potential side effects
- Ways to manage side effects
- Length of treatment
- Goal of treatment
- Your own goals
Doctors’ appointments can be overwhelming.
It is helpful to take a list of questions to the appointments with you. Download our Questions for Your Cancer Care Team as a guide. You may also want to ask a family member or trusted friend to come with you to meet the team and help keep notes.