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Living with lung cancer: My House

How do I talk with my family about lung cancer?

Living with lung cancer can affect the whole family. Whether you are the person who has survived lung cancer or are a family member or friend, it is important to have people to talk with. Some tips for talking with your loved one include:

  • Being honest
  • Speaking as directly and openly as possible
  • Being patient. Each person will cope in a different way and in a different time

To the right are examples of organizations and resources you may find helpful. Click on the links to visit those websites and learn more.


Learning how to cope

Living with lung cancer is not easy. Below are some tips to help you cope better with your lung cancer. You can also talk with an oncology nurse or a social worker for more information and support.

  • Communication is key. Keep talking with your loved one
  • Keep up a healthy routine. Eating healthfully and being physically active are important for everyone
  • Let your loved ones help. Let them give you the support you need

To the right are examples of organizations and resources you may find helpful. Click on the links to visit those websites and learn more.


I am getting a lot of information. How can I keep it all organized?

With all the office visits, appointments, doctors, and paperwork you now have, it is important to stay organized. Taking a few minutes to make a system to organize all of the information may help you feel more in control. Here are a few tips that may help:

  • If organizing is not your strength, ask a loved one or care partner for help
  • Set aside a special place in your house for only this information
  • Use a planner to track appointments and hold papers that are just for cancer information

To the right are examples of organizations and resources you may find helpful. Click on the links to visit those websites and learn more.


Where can I find financial help?

Many cancer treatments are expensive and may not be covered by insurance. But there are resources and organizations that can help keep financial issues from getting in the way of your treatment. Ask your healthcare team for information about reimbursement services, patient assistance programs, and programs offered by the companies that make cancer treatments.

To the right are examples of organizations and resources you may find helpful. Click on the links to visit those websites and learn more.


How can I better cope with the physical changes caused by my cancer treatment?

Some cancer treatments may cause changes to the way you look. It may help to find a support group of people who have also had these changes. They have may be able to offer tips on ways to cope with these changes. Members of your healthcare team may also be able to help.

To the right are examples of organizations and resources you may find helpful. Click on the links to visit those websites and learn more.


How can I cope with stress?

A healthy lifestyle is important. So is staying in touch with your healthcare team. But what about stress? How can you reduce stress? Below are some tips that may help. Your healthcare team and other people who have gone through treatment may have some other tips.

  • Imagery. Close your eyes and think of a scene, picture, or memory where you are relaxed and happy
  • Meditation. Check your local telephone listings for a group who can teach you meditation. You can also purchase a meditation CD or download one from the Web
  • Support from others. Loved ones, a care partner, your healthcare team, a counselor or social worker, other people who have survived lung cancer. These people can help you through hard times

To the right are examples of organizations and resources you may find helpful. Click on the links to visit those websites and learn more.


What is the difference between palliative care and hospice?

Palliative care is care given to someone with cancer to help comfort him or her. It is often given by a specialist on the care team. This type of care starts at diagnosis and continues throughout treatment. It can help treat the cancer and the symptoms and side effects of the cancer and its treatment. Palliative care can also help give emotional, spiritual, and social support. Hospice care is a type of palliative care that is given when the person with cancer is near the end of his or her life. Talk with a member of your and your loved one's healthcare team for more information.

To the right are examples of organizations and resources you may find helpful. Click on the links to visit those websites and learn more.


What if I, as a care partner, need support?

As a care partner, you should know that staying strong can help your loved one with cancer stay strong. When supporting someone with cancer, remember that it is okay to:

  • Consider taking a break; you need rest too
  • Let others help; you don't have to do it all
  • Reach out to other care partners or loved ones of those with cancer for support and strength

To the right are examples of organizations and resources you may find helpful. Click on the links to visit those websites and learn more.


How can I, or the person I care about, eat well during treatment?

Eating well during treatment is very important. It can help you or the person you care about feel better during and after treatment. But healthy eating can be hard during treatment, especially if you have side effects, such as throwing up or feeling nauseated. Your healthcare provider can refer you to resources and people, such as an oncology dietitian, that can help you learn tips for healthy eating during treatment. He or she can also help you make a meal plan that works for you.

To the right are examples of organizations and resources you may find helpful. Click on the links to visit those websites and learn more.


What do I need to think about when working during treatment?

Working during cancer treatment is a personal choice. You may find that what and how much you do may need to change based on how you feel. You may be wondering about many things, such as how to tell people at work, what laws will protect you or your loved one, or how to afford treatment if you are not able to work. There are people, such as an oncology social worker or your company’s human resources manager, who can help you address these concerns and make a plan that works for you. There are also many resources that can help you think about the steps you can take to address these concerns.

To the right are examples of organizations and resources you may find helpful. Click on the links to visit those websites and learn more.

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