People with lung cancer may experience symptoms caused by the cancer or by cancer treatments (side effects). These symptoms usually can be treated. Patients with lung cancer should discuss their concerns about symptoms and side effects with their doctors. Doctors can help answer questions and make a plan for comfort care. For more information about symptoms and side effects, visit Coping with Cancer.
People with lung cancer should quit smoking if they smoke. For help, visit smokefree.gov. CDC helps support a national network of quitlines that makes free "quit smoking" support available by telephone to smokers anywhere in the United States. The toll-free number is 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669). Talk to your doctor about medicines that can help them stop smoking.
A healthy diet can help people with lung cancer to keep up their strength. Side effects from cancer treatment such as nausea or appetite loss may make this hard. For advice on eating well and dealing with eating problems caused by cancer treatment, visit Eating Hints.
Regular physical activity may improve quality of life after a lung cancer diagnosis. Talk to your doctor about an exercise plan.
Lung cancer patients and their family, friends, and caregivers may feel sad or overwhelmed by the cancer diagnosis and treatment. For information about finding or providing support for lung cancer patients and their caregivers, visit Caregivers for Cancer Patients and Survivors.Caregivers for Cancer Patients and Survivors.
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