A Life Change

People with cancer face physical challenges of the disease and its treatment.  But they may also have worries and feelings that can make life difficult.  If you have lung cancer, there are things you can do to help yourself cope with this major change in life.

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Understanding your illness and treatment can help you feel more in control.  Don't be afraid to ask questions.  Treatment for lung cancer involves many doctors, nurses, social workers and other specially trained healthcare professionals.  You will receive lots of new and complex information and need to make many serious decisions.  So it is important to be able to communicate clearly with your whole healthcare team.

  • Prepare questions for your team before your visit. 
  • Write them down. 
  • Be sure that you understand what your doctors and other members of your team are telling you.
  • Share your questions and concerns.
  • Carefully follow your doctors' orders.

Side effects from cancer treatment

These can include hair loss, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting.  Each person reacts differently.  If your side effects are really bad or last longer than expected, talk to your doctors and nurses.  They should be able to make suggestions to help relieve your symptoms.

 

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.