Taking Care of You

Being diagnosed with a major illness is one of the most stressful life events anyone can experience. It is also extremely stressful for a patient's loved ones. You may feel a wide range of emotions during the whole process, all of which are normal and justified. Listen to Dr. Paula Teague discuss how to make meaning of a lung cancer diagnosis.

Some common emotions include:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fear
  • Grief
  • Guilt
  • Hopelessness
  • Loneliness

Coping With Emotions

  • Calling on a support system, even if it is just one person, can make these challenging times a little easier.
  • Most people in your life want to help, but they don’t know how. Don’t be afraid to use your friends, family, care team and even strangers to help you through hard times.
  • Talk to people in cancer support groups.
  • Call the Lung Helpline.
  • Write in a diary to express your feelings.
  • Keep your treatment goals in mind.
  • Take one day at a time.

Talk to an Expert

Lung Connection Community

The Lung Helpline is open 7 days a week and is staffed by Registered Nurses and Respiratory Therapists. The Call Center staff has extensive experience in the healthcare industry. » More

Connect with Others Facing Lung Cancer

Lung Connection Community

The American Lung Association has a free online community for individuals and caregivers battling lung disease. This online forum is a place for members to discuss how lung disease is affecting them and share their life experience with their peers. Visit the Living with Lung Cancer section. » More

Get Help with Caregiving

My Fighting for Air Community

The American Lung Association is proud to offer My Fighting for Air Community, a free and simple way for people with lung disease and their families to receive support. It is an online volunteer and caregiving coordination service for lung cancer patients and their families who are coping with immediate or long-term lung cancer issues. » More

Support Groups

Support Groups

If you feel alone and isolated, support groups can help. It feels good to talk with others who understand, which has a positive impact on your health. Explore the American Lung Association support groups like the Better Breather’s Club and other groups in your area. » More

Paying for Care Resources


Navigating your care can be confusing and challenging. Resources exist that can help you find healthcare coverage, pay for your medications, receive treatment and connect you with other sources that can help you get the care you need. » More

Early detection of lung cancer can increase survival rates. Call the Lung Helpline at 1-800-LUNGUSA or talk to your doctor about lung cancer screening.