NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Part 8: Accepting a treatment plan
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• Your general health,
• Treatment side effects,
• Costs of treatment,
• Changes to your life,
• What you want from treatment, and
• Your feelings about side effects.
A guide to treatment options can be found in Part 7. The cancer treatment that
you agree to have should be reported in the treatment plan. It is also important
to note the goal of treatment and the chance of a good treatment response.
In addition, all known side effects should be listed and the time required for
treatment should be noted. See Part 6 for a list of many of the side effects
Your treatment plan may change because of new information. You may change
your mind about treatment, tests may find new results, or how well the treatment
is working may change. Any of these changes may require a new plan.
Stress and symptom control
For most patients with cancer, their main concern is that their treatment works.
However, having cancer is complex and brings many physical and emotional
challenges. Cancer or its treatment can cause bothersome symptoms. Such
symptoms include pain, skin rashes, and nausea. The stress of having cancer
can also cause symptoms. Helping you to be comfortable and stay active are
key goals of the treatment plan. There are ways to treat many symptoms, so tell
your treatment team about any symptoms you have. Some of the challenges
you may face are addressed on the next page.
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