Treating cancer may take more than just one doctor. You may receive a diagnosis from an oncologist and then may continue to work with other doctors and nurses, based on your treatment plan and specific needs.  

The goal of a strong healthcare team is to have support for all the different aspects of lung cancer treatment. Studies show that a team of many doctors with different specialties leads to better care and may make a difference in treatment outcomes.

How You Can Play a Role in Your Healthcare Team

It’s important that all the doctors in your team know the full extent of your care. And learning as much as you can about your cancer can help prepare you for what’s to come and help you feel more confident about your treatment plan. Here are a few ideas we’ve gathered from the community to help you and your healthcare team work together. 

  • Talk to your team: Let every member of your care team know every other member’s contact information
  • Share your goals: Share your treatment goals with all your doctors and nurses. The individual healthcare professionals can tailor treatment to try to meet your goals
  • Bring a pen and a friend: Take notes at every appointment with one of your doctors and share those notes with your healthcare team. It might be helpful for a family member or friend to go to appointments with you to take notes
  • Keep track of your medications: Share the list of all the medications you take with all the members of your healthcare team. This may help to limit possible drug interactions
  • Listen to your body: You know your body best. If something doesn’t feel right, be sure to discuss it with your healthcare team

Talking to Your Doctor About Cancer Progression

Cancer progression is caused by a number of things, and it’s different for everyone. When cancer progresses, it may be a sign that treatment is no longer working. This means a change in treatment may be needed.

Even if your cancer hasn’t progressed, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor so you can determine a plan should you need one. 

Here are some questions to help get the conversation started:

  • How do I know if my treatment is still working?
  • Is there anything you can do to monitor my cancer progression?
  • What happens if my cancer becomes resistant to treatment or if treatment no longer works?

It’s a good idea to listen to your body and take note of how you’re feeling. Tell your doctor right away about any changes you notice in your health.

It’s a good idea to listen to your body and take note of how you’re feeling. Tell your doctor right away about any changes you notice in your health.

Finding Additional Support

Being diagnosed with lung cancer is a difficult and different experience for everyone, and it comes with a range of emotions. It’s helpful to know you are not alone in this journey. Whether you find comfort through family, friends, or online communities, it’s important to make sure you feel supported through your treatment. Hear from our community members about their personal experiences with lung cancer.

Don’t Forget to Make Time for Yourself

Having lung cancer comes with many different appointments and doctors' visits but setting aside time just for yourself can help manage stress. Try to carve out 30 minutes a day to do something that brings you joy. Whether it’s going for a short walk or picking up your favorite book, it will make a difference in each day.