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Living with Lung Cancer

As long as you keep being informed, making the right choices for you and learning how to adapt. Once you or your dearest person has been diagnosed, during and after treatment for as long as you/they live, you will need support. Cancer survivorship involves dealing with the physical, emotional, and day-to-day issues of the cancer journey. Choose the best quality of life possible—both during and after treatment—as an objective a priority and a goal.

Manage the side effects together with your health care team, stay in touch with the latest news about your condition, get informed, take care of your mental state beyond your treatment, improve your breathing through pulmonary rehabilitation, or even go for complementary therapies such as yoga, meditation, or massage; whatever you do know your options and choose to live and manage your lung cancer.

It is common to be overwhelmed by your feelings when you have been diagnosed with cancer and when you have been through treatment. If you feel anxious or depressed, talk to your doctor or nurse – they can refer you to a specialist counsellor or psychologist who has experience of dealing with emotional problems of people dealing with cancer. It may also help to join a support group so that you can talk to other people who understand exactly what you are going through.