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What you need to know if you are in lung cancer treatment

Being in long-term lung cancer treatment can bring up many challenges. Knowing your options, managing your side effects and planning for the future can make treatment easier.

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  1. Know your treatment options.

    There may be treatment options for you that you have never considered before like different types of chemotherapy, immunotherapy and clinical trials. Familiarize yourself with the information and talk to your doctor about what would be best for you.

  2. Find out how to better manage your ongoing side effects.

    Many lung cancer patients in long-term treatment experience changing side effects. Learn how to best manage them as they come up.

  3. Coping with the emotional challenges of long-term treatment can help improve your quality of life.

    Being in treatment brings up many emotions and feelings. When you learn how to cope with them, you will feel better.

  4. Familiarize yourself with resources that will help you plan for the practical side of long-term care.

    Planning for the future can help you get the care you want and need.

    Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel. Last reviewed December 14, 2017.

    Page Last Updated: March 13, 2018

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