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Are you taking steps to stay healthy?

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After your treatment is complete, it’s important to take care of your mind and body. By staying healthy, emotionally and physically, you will start to feel like yourself again. Eating right, exercising and connecting with social support helps manage the stress that sometimes comes when initial treatment has finished.

Protect Your Lungs

Make sure your lungs aren't being stressed any more than they need to be. Here are some tips:

  • If you smoke, make a plan to quit smoking as soon as possible.
  • Avoid secondhand smoke whenever and wherever you can
  • Test your home for radon is you haven’t already.
  • Avoid going outside when the air quality is poor.

Take Care of Your Body
Proper nutrition and regular physical activity can help make a big difference in how you feel. You may notice you feel more short of breath than you used to. Physical activity can help with your lung capacity. Check with your doctor before starting a strenuous exercise program.

Watch for late side effects
Some treatment side effects can show up or persist after you are done with treatment. If you are experiencing any discomfort, talk about it with your doctor or a member of your palliative care team.

Use your support system
A cancer diagnosis can turn your world upside down. You might feel like many of your relationships have changed or you are experiencing more stress. Friends, family and healthcare 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. You might consider talking to a therapist, counselor or other people who have been in your shoes like those on the Lung Cancer Survivors Community on

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    Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel. Last reviewed November 26, 2017.

    Page Last Updated: March 13, 2018

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