Have you talked to your doctor about palliative care? | American Lung Association

Have you talked to your doctor about palliative care?

Want to learn more?

Visit our Patients section

Treatment can be draining on your physical and emotional health. Most people don’t know that many hospitals and treatment centers have a team of specialists trained in helping a person cope with side effects. Palliative Care, sometimes called supportive care, is sometimes thought of as something people receive at the end-of-life, but it is actually recommended that lung cancer patients receive this extra layer of support as soon as they start treatment. Palliative care can help you manage side effects through counseling, therapies and medications that can make lung cancer treatment just a little easier. Ask about palliative care as soon as you start treatment. Don’t wait until you start experiencing side effects. Receiving palliative care early on in lung cancer treatment has been shown to not only improve quality of life but also extend life.

    Resources
    Webpage Resource

    Palliative Care: The Extra Layer of Support

    Learn more
    PDF Download

    Palliative Care Worksheet

    Download
    PDF Download

    Lung Cancer Medication Tracker

    Download

    Approved by Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel. Last reviewed November 13, 2017.

    Sign up for updates

    Stay up to date on the latest news and information on the fight against lung cancer.

    Ask An Expert

    Questions about your lung health? Need help finding healthcare? Call 1-800-LUNGUSA.

    Get help
    We need your generous support

    Make a difference by delivering research, education and advocacy to those impacted by lung disease.

    What is LUNG FORCE?

    LUNG FORCE unites women and their loved ones across the country to stand together in the fight against lung cancer.

    Get involved
    Join the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air.
    Donate Now.