Newly Diagnosed with Lung Cancer? What You Need to Know
If you have been recently diagnosed with lung cancer, the RMCC team is here to help you every step of the way. We will not only provide the latest in lung cancer treatments, but we also offer various types of support for you and your loved ones. Learn more about what comes next.
Choosing Your Lung Cancer Care Team
To help make treatment decisions about your lung cancer, it’s helpful to first consult with a medical oncologist. As a patient of Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, you will have access to our lung cancer specialists at any of our locations across Colorado, including Boulder, Colorado Springs, and Denver.
Latest Lung Cancer Treatments
We work with patients to create personalized lung cancer treatment plans based on the type and stage of lung cancer. You and your oncologist will review the treatment options to make the decision that's best for you.
Clinical Trials for Lung Cancer Treatment
As a member of US Oncology Research, RMCC provides access to promising cancer research trials to our patients throughout Colorado. Ask your oncologist if a trial is right for you.
Types of Lung Cancer
Lung cancers are broadly classified into two types which are then broken down into a specific subtype. It’s important to understand the different types as it will affect both your treatment options and your prognosis.
Stages of Lung Cancer
If you have only been told that lung cancer is present, the doctors may not know the extent of your cancer just yet. Has it spread to other parts of the body? Is it in just one lung? Staging plays an important role in which treatments are recommended for you.
Getting Ready For Your First Appointment
Keep a Notebook
As a cancer patient, you’ll receive a lot of information from your oncologist— much of which can be hard to remember. To stay organized, we suggest getting a notebook to keep a record of your important information. This can include how you’re feeling and what medicines or supplements you’re taking, or any questions, thoughts, or observations you have regarding appointments and procedures. Try to put a date on everything you write down to keep your thoughts and notes organized.
If audio recordings on your phone work better for you, that’s fine too. Just pick one method and commit to using it regularly. Having information well documented can help keep the lines of communication open between you and your doctors.
Ask Questions to Help
You Make Decisions
- Your lifestyle (diet, exercise, rest, stress)
- What to expect during your future appointments
- Diet and nutrition recommendations. Are there any natural supplements I can or can’t take?
- Who is involved in the cancer care team?
- What are my lung cancer treatment options, goals, and side effects?
- Are there any activities to avoid? How about any that you should add to your routine?
- Are clinical trials an option?
- Is there access to supportive care?
- What time frame do I have to make treatment decisions?
Should You Get a Second Opinion?
Feeling confident about your lung cancer diagnosis is extremely important, so many patients choose to get a second opinion before beginning a specific treatment plan. Our physicians provide many second opinions on both lung cancer diagnosis and treatment options at Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers. Many insurance companies will cover a second opinion assessment, but it is still good to contact your insurance provider for verification of coverage.
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You're Not Alone
Through this difficult time, the team at Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers is here to help you every step of the way. Our entire team is dedicated to assisting patients with every aspect of the treatment process from finances to support groups and more.
Request a Consultation With a Lung Cancer Specialist
We understand the significance of a cancer diagnosis and the stress it causes. Lung cancer specialists from Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, located throughout Colorado, will help you through every step of this challenge.
We care for your overall health and ensure that your treatment is customized to your specific health demands. In addition to the different diagnostic tests and treatment options, we help you with other support services such as financial counseling, insurance, access to relevant clinical trials, and educational resources.