Dr. Vincent Lam, Johns Hopkins Medical Center

Montessa Lee, Patient/Advocate

How do patients talk to their doctors about fighting side effects of chemotherapy for lung cancer?

Begin a dialog with your doctor at the beginning – when your doctor is talking to you about chemotherapy and proposing it as a treatment. Ask questions like:

  • what that looks like in terms of the schedule
  • what does each cycle of chemotherapy looks like and what that means
  • what kind of side effects are expected
  • what can be done to help prevent against those side effects or to treat them as they arise

Know that you don’t have to suffer chemo side effects in silence. Start a dialogue with your doctor. Be honest – tell your doctor the side effects you are experiencing. The more your doctor knows, the more they can help you.