#LCSM Chat Topic 9/8: You’ve Been Diagnosed With Lung Cancer…Now What?

Our topic for the next #LCSM Chat on Thursday, September 8, 2016, at 5 PM Pacific (8 PM Eastern) is “You’ve Been Diagnosed with Lung Cancer…Now What?” Our moderator will be Laronica Conway (@louisianagirl91).

Have you (or someone you know) been recently diagnosed with lung cancer? What happens next? Just getting past the shock of the diagnosis can be challenging and emotionally draining, but knowing the next steps can possibly help remove some of the uncertainty. This week we’ll open up the discussion and seek advice from health care providers and from those who are currently seeking treatment for lung cancer. Family members and friends are also welcome to provide their thoughts and advice, as they are extremely important in offering support to those with lung cancer.

It can be difficult to navigate the different decisions that have to be made once you’ve received a lung cancer diagnosis. You were already uncertain if the physical symptoms you experienced indicated lung cancer. And now that you’ve been diagnosed you have to figure out what to do next. Who do you call? What kind of specialist do you need to see? How quickly should you start treatment? If you live in a small town, should you travel to a larger city or major facility for treatment? Or, can you get appropriate and adequate treatment at a regional or smaller facility? Is traveling for treatment even a feasible option?

Where do you go to get more information about the best treatment plans about your particular cancer? Should you seek a second opinion or are you satisfied with the treatment plan that has been presented to you?

There are newly approved drugs, clinical trials and genetic mutation testing. What does it all mean and how does it pertain to YOU and YOUR cancer? Information about lung cancer may not be as easily accessible as information about other cancers. It takes a bit more effort to find support groups or others who are going through the same thing. But the encouraging news is that there are many options and many places to go to seek guidance. We hope that by the end of this chat you’ll have a better sense of what to do next.

We’ll seek to address the following questions:

  • T1: If you’ve been diagnosed with #lungcancer, what symptoms did you experience that made you seek a doctor’s opinion? #lcsm
  • T2: Once a #lungcancer diagnosis is confirmed, what’s the first step? Do you seek a second opinion or begin treatment immediately? #lcsm
  • T3: What is a clinical trial and is it right for you?
  • T4: What is genetic mutation testing, is it important and where do you go to have it done?
  • T5: What challenges have you faced after being diagnosed and what advice would you give others?

If you’ve never been involved in a tweet chat, you can read this primer on how to participate. Hope you’ll join #LCSM Chat, Thursday, September 8, at 5 PM Pacific (8 PM Eastern). Spread the word!

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