Lifestyle Changes

You can make choices about your lifestyle that will help you feel better physically and emotionally.

Be Kind To Your Lungs

Man with outstretched hands looking to the skyMake sure your lungs aren’t being stressed any more than they need to be. If you smoke, quit smoking. Avoid secondhand smoke and going outside when the air quality is poor. Ask people not to smoke near you at work and at home. Avoid social activities that will expose you to secondhand smoke. Quitting smoking makes a difference in your risk for lung cancer and ability to heal after treatment. These resources will help you be kind to your lungs:

Take Care

Man and woman running into the water at the beachYour body needs all the support it can get so you can heal properly and fight the cancer. Being mindful of the following things will help you take care of your body:

  • Stress… can weaken your immune system and take other tolls on your body. Using support resources and some complementary medicine treatments can help reduce stress. Talk with you lung cancer care team about ways to cope with the stress of lung cancer.
  • Conserving Energy… can help you fight fatigue. Make sure you get the appropriate amount of rest, not too much or too little. Planning ahead, spacing tasks out and asking for help will also help you feel less tired.
  • Nutrition… can make a big difference in how you feel. More »
  • Physical activity… will help you feel better physically and mentally. Even small amounts of activity can help. More »

Use Your Support System

Two Elderly HandsFriends, family and health care professionals are invaluable resources during this time. Most people you know want to help, they just don’t know how. Don’t be afraid to ask for support from those around you. Always talk openly with your health care team. Here are some people and places that may be able to offer support:

  • Neighbors
  • Co-workers
  • Faith-based groups
  • Social Clubs

You might think about seeing health care professionals you have never seen before like social workers, psychologists or counselors. These people can help you deal with stress, depression and anxiety that may arise during this time. Visit our support section to learn 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.