After receiving a lung cancer diagnosis, it is hard to know exactly what to do next. To help you move forward through the diagnosis, it is important to understand how to stay on track. Here’s how to get started:
The first thing to do after receiving a diagnosis is to find out what kind of lung cancer you have. Your doctor can tell you the type and stage of your cancer during your initial diagnosis. After that, it’s important to get a full diagnosis, which includes testing your cancer for biomarkers. A full diagnosis can help you and your doctor choose the right treatment for your specific type of lung cancer.
Testing for biomarkers can be very helpful in understanding more about your type of cancer and the treatment that may work best for you. Some common biomarkers your tumors may be tested for are PD-L1, EGFR, KRAS, ROS1, BRAF, and ALK.
After biomarker testing, it's important to follow up with your doctor. The results of biomarker testing are important because certain treatment options are available for specific mutations. Knowing if you have a mutation can help in choosing your treatment.
Any successful treatment plan has to start with being the right plan for you and your specific journey. Once you have received your test results, pair with your medical team and get a deep understanding of all your treatment options. You will work with your team to choose the right treatment for you. When choosing, be sure to ask about any possible side effects and the appropriate next steps following your treatment. By planning ahead, you can feel more confident about your treatment plan.