At this point in your treatment, your Health Care Team may recommend several
possible options including staying on your current treatment, or changing
treatment to: radiation, surgery, immunotherapy, chemotherapy, or an ALK-inhibitor therapy. Your tumor(s) can also become resistant to one therapy but may still respond to another, including others from the same class, or type, of drug. This is why your Health Care Team may switch you to another therapy. The goal is to stop growth of the tumor(s) and prevent progression.
If your doctor should speak with you about possible clinical trials, ask about the purpose of the trial, potential side effects, and what's involved for volunteers.
It's important that you play a part in the decisions and are comfortable with your treatment plan. Make sure that you understand all the options presented. Ask questions—as many as you need in order to be informed.
Your Health Care Team
Your Health Care Team will continue to give you a lot of important information
and it can be overwhelming. Don't worry, here are some tips to help you
organize and understand this valuable information:
Bring a notebook to your appointment and take notes
Prepare questions ahead of time and bring them in your notebook
Continue to ask questions about all your treatment options until you understand each of them
Take someone with you when you visit your oncologist. It can be overwhelming and a Caregiver can help you remember important information