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If you are newly diagnosed, here is a summary of points to consider to help you get the best care possible.

  • Learn everything you can about your lung cancer, including whether or not your tumor has biomarkers.
  • Ask your doctor to test your tumor for biomarkers using comprehensive genomic testing.
  • Discuss clinical trials early on with your doctor as you learn about your treatment options.
  • Use tools to stay organized, learn how to communicate with your care team, and explore resources that can help you know what to expect from treatment. All of these will help reduce stress when your lung cancer treatment starts.
  • Ask about palliative care as soon as you start treatment. Don’t wait until you start experiencing side effects.
  • Connect with others who are in your shoes to help you feel less alone.

Join the Lung Cancer Registry to help inform lung cancer research and be connected to key information about your unique lung cancer.

    Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel. Last reviewed November 24, 2017.

    Page Last Updated: March 13, 2018

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