Advocacy organizations give not only information, but also encouragement. There are a number of organizations that support people with lung cancer and their caregivers. The organizations listed below provide materials and services to assist patients throughout their journeys.
Coping with cancer can be challenging. It is important to take care of your physical and emotional health during this time to keep you better prepared for treatment and recovery.
Below are some tips for taking care of yourself.
During the day, take 30-minute naps or breaks to recharge. Make sure you have energy to do the things that are most important to you by setting priorities and pacing yourself.
Do activities that you enjoy or try some new ones whenever possible. Activities may include being in nature, dancing, chatting with a friend, or reading a book.
Some light exercises such as gentle walking, stretching, or yoga can help improve mood, maintain healthy weight, and reduce fatigue. Check with your doctor first before starting any new exercises.
Nutrient needs vary from person-to-person. Work with a registered dietitian (or nutritionist) and your cancer care team to help identify your nutrition goals and manage your diet during and after cancer treatment. Good nutrition is important for the body to heal and stay healthy. A healthy diet includes eating and drinking enough foods and liquids with nutrients that the body needs such as vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fat, and water.
To ease stress, meditation can be a relaxation technique to help you focus and calm your mind. Find a quiet place to sit. Follow your breath in and out and notice the sensations in your body. Your mind may wander, and that is OK, but acknowledge it. When you are ready to end the meditation, gently bring yourself back into the environment.
Consult your doctor, nurse, or dietitian before beginning any exercise program or diet. This general information is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition.