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What to ask your doctor about lung cancer tests

Men and women discussing lung cancer

Some questions you may want to ask your doctor

  • Which tests are you going to do?
  • What are you looking for?
  • Will the tests show whether I have cancer and how reliable are they?
  • Is there anything I have to do beforehand to prepare for the tests?
  • Are any of the tests painful?
  • Do any of the tests have after effects?
  • Can I have all the tests as an outpatient or do I have to come into hospital?
  • Can I choose whether to have a sedative or general anaesthetic for any of the tests?
  • Can I bring someone with me when I have the tests?
  • How long will it take to get the results of the tests?
  • Who will give me the test results?
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Updated: 26 March 2014