Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis

Making notes before your visit, as well as taking along a trusted family member or friend, can help you through an appointment with your doctor.

  • How advanced is my disease?
  • What is the best treatment for the severity of my condition?
  • What medications will I be given and what are the side effects?
  • Would pulmonary rehabilitation be a good idea for me?
  • Should I use oxygen?
  • How much experience do you have with black lung disease, and should I talk to a specialist?
  • Will I need a lung transplant?
  • How often do I need to have follow-up appointments? Breathing tests or chest X-rays?

Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel.

Page last updated: November 17, 2022

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