• What to ask your doctor.

    Asked by Kola1623 on Wednesday, April 24, 2019

    What to ask your doctor.

    I'm going with my sister to visit her ongoloist. Any questions you think I should ask about different treatments. She has taken Tarceva for several months but it may not be working anymore. She had another Endoscopic biopsy but it showed no cancer cells. (Not sure why. Mass is still there. Not sure if it was missed or what) they took another biopsy because the mass shrunk then grow to original size again. Now we are looking for what comes next. She has had radiation on the spots on her back. Any helpful suggestions would be great. Thank you

    3 Answers from the Community

    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      We have several people on the site that are lung cancer survivors that will be along to give you some suggestions. Things that I want to know are: How am I doing right now in your treatment plan as far as where you think I should be now. If this is not working, what is the next step. What are the drugs that will be used? Is immunotherapy being used, or can it be used? What about clinical trials if the first or second line treatments fail? There are enough questions to fill a book. But these are just some that come to mind. We wish her the best!

      5 months ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      How will they address the lesions on the bone, with radiotherapy or a drug like Xgeva? Is your sister a candidate for a biologic or a targeted therapy? Does she needs second opinion? How will they manage the pain issues?

      5 months ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar
      HeidiJo

      Start by asking all the questions that you just asked here. Knowledge is power, the more you know about her condition and the effects that her treatments are having, the better you can help her

      5 months ago

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