STEP 2: Get biomarker testing
Get biomarker testing to find out if your type of lung cancer has a targeted therapy available. Unless you are experiencing severe symptoms that need immediate attention, do not start treatment until you have received the results of comprehensive biomarker testing. Request copies of your pathology report, scan reports, labs, scan files, and other diagnostic records so you will have them if needed for future reference.
STEP 3: Find a lung cancer specialist
Find a lung cancer specialist (such as a thoracic oncologist or thoracic surgeon) and make an appointment to discuss diagnosis and treatment plans. Develop a list of questions before you go. Bring a family member or trusted friend who can help you take good notes and ask questions you may have overlooked.
STEP 5: Learn as much you can
Learn as much you can about your biomarker (if you have one), options for lung cancer treatments, and support available from lung cancer groups through reputable sites online like lcfamerica.org.
STEP 6: Work with your health care team
Work with your health care team to create a customized treatment plan designed specifically for you. This might include participating in a clinical trial.