5 Important Questions to Ask Your Lung Cancer Specialist

If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, you likely have a lot of questions. About 53 people out of 100,000 are diagnosed with lung cancer each year, according to the American Cancer Society. Asking your lung cancer specialist the right questions will help you to make informed decisions about your treatment. Here are five questions you should ask your lung cancer specialist.


1. What Type of Lung Cancer Do I Have?

Cancer is a broad term that covers different types of cancers. It is important that you know what type of lung cancer you have so that you know how to approach treatment. Your lung cancer specialist is an expert, so it is important to listen to them carefully. The more educated you are about your type of cancer the better.


2. What Stage is My Cancer In?

Stages of cancer are rated on a scale of one to four. One is the earliest stage and four is the latest stage. Early intervention treatments are most effective and are less aggressive than later-stage interventions. It is important that you know what stage your cancer is at so that you better understand your treatment options.


3. Has the Cancer Metastasized?

Metastasized is another way of saying that cancer has spread to other organs. If the cancer is only in your lungs, it is considered localized. If it has spread to other organs, it has metastasized. This is yet another piece of crucial information that could drastically impact your treatment.


4. Are There Any Clinical Trials Going On?

Your lung cancer specialist will know if there are any current clinical trials that you may be able to volunteer for. Promising clinical trials can be an alternative treatment method. Stay up to date on any and all new treatment options that show promise.


5. Is There Any Support To Help With Insurance Processing?

Navigating lung cancer treatment and dealing with your insurance company can be stressful. Ask your lung cancer specialist if there is a support team that you can work with that can handle your insurance claims and other financial obligations for you.


Please consider taking a moment to write down all the questions you have for your lung care specialist before your next appointment. The experts at Palo Verde Cancer Specialists will listen to your every need or concern. We will walk with you through every step of the process and provide you with the support you need.

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