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What to ask your doctor about lung cancer chemotherapy

Men and women discussing lung cancer

Questions you may want to ask your doctor about chemotherapy for lung cancer.

  • Why are you recommending chemotherapy for me?
  • What do you hope the treatment will do for me?
  • How will you know if the treatment is working?
  • If it isn't working will you stop the treatment?
  • What are the risks and benefits of this treatment?
  • How often will I have to go to the hospital?
  • Can I have the treatment as an outpatient or will I have to stay in hospital?
  • How long will the course of chemotherapy be?
  • Is there any other choice of treatment?
  • What are the side effects likely to be?
  • What can I do to reduce the side effects?
  • Are there any new treatments in clinical trials that may help me?
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Updated: 31 March 2014