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If you are the family member or friend of someone who has lung cancer, here is a summary of key points that can help you and help the patient.
- Take notes and ask questions during your loved one’s doctor visits to help them from feeling overwhelmed. This also helps your loved one be more prepared for the next appointment.
- Take care of yourself, emotionally and physically. This will make you a better caregiver. You should also stay up-to-date on your vaccinations and medical appointments. Make sure you reach out to family and friends for help with caregiving to reduce stress.
- Encourage your loved one to have conversations about planning for the future. No one can predict how long someone will live. It’s important to understand your loved one’s wishes for their care.
- If you feel able, get involved in activities that help raise awareness about lung cancer. This can be therapeutic and also connect you with others in your shoes.
Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel. Last reviewed November 19, 2017.