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

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Have you talked to your doctor about palliative care?

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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.

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    Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel. Last reviewed November 13, 2017.

    Page Last Updated: March 13, 2018

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