NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer - page 84

NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Version 1.2014
Part 8: Accepting a treatment plan
8.1 Benefits of a treatment plan
Learning you have cancer starts an unplanned journey
to an unknown place. A treatment plan is like having a
roadmap for your journey. It is a written course of action
through treatment and beyond. It can help you, your
loved ones, and your treatment team. A treatment plan
is useful for:
• Starting and guiding talks about treatment,
• Teaching what the treatment choices are,
• Informing everyone of the decisions made,
• Reminding everyone of the decisions made,
• Pinpointing who is in charge of each part of care,
• Controlling stress,
• Knowing what to expect,
• Changing from one doctor to another,
• Improving contact among your doctors, and
• Providing care for all issues.
8.2 Parts of a treatment plan
A treatment plan addresses all cancer care needs while
respecting your beliefs, wishes, and values. It is likely
to change and expand as you go through treatment.
The plan will include the role of your doctors and how
you can help yourself. A treatment plan often has the
following parts:
Cancer information
Cancer can greatly differ even when people have a tumor
in the same organ. Test results that describe the cancer
are reported in the treatment plan. Such test results
include the cancer site, cell type, and cancer stage.
If done, molecular test results are also included. See
Parts 3, 4, and 5 for the tests used for lung cancer.
Your treatment team
Cancer care is a team effort. Who is on your team
depends on the treatments you choose. Surgeons and
radiation oncologists give local treatments. Medical
oncologists give systemic treatments. Your primary care
doctor can also be part of your team. He or she can help
you express your feelings about treatments to the team.
Treatment of other medical problems may be improved if
your primary care doctor is informed about your cancer
care. Besides doctors, you may receive care from nurses,
social workers, and other health experts. Ask to have
the names and contact information of your health care
providers included in your treatment plan.
Cancer treatment
There is no single treatment practice that is best for all
patients. There is often more than one treatment option
along with clinical trial options. Treatment planning takes
many factors into account, such as:
• The cancer stage,
• Location of the tumor,
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