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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

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Lung Cancer Screening, Version 1.2017

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How can you learn more?

Questions to ask your doctors

Questions to ask your doctors

It is important to learn all you can about screening so you can make a good decision with the help

of your doctor. It is a good idea to get your questions ready before your visit and repeat back what

answers you hear. You can also think about bringing a family member or friend to the visit.

The questions below are suggestions to learn more about lung cancer screening that you read about

in this book. Feel free to use these questions or come up with your own questions for your doctor.

Questions about screening

1. Should I be screened for lung cancer?

2. What screening plan do you recommend for me?

3. What are the benefits and risks of this screening plan?

4. Do you use LDCT for screening?

5. Where will the screening take place? Will I have to go to the hospital?

6. Do you have a team of experts who are dedicated to lung cancer screening? Do they include

pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, and specialists in chest radiology?

7. Are the radiologists board certified in diagnostic radiology?

8. Are the pulmonary medicine physicians board certified in pulmonary and critical care medicine?

9. Are the surgeons board certified in thoracic surgery? Do they have a major part of their practice

dedicated to lung cancer surgery? Do they do VATS or RATS surgery?

10. Do I have to do anything to prepare for screening?

11. How long will screening take?

12. How soon will I know the results and who will explain them to me?