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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.
Founded by patients and survivors, GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer transforms survivorship as the world’s leading organization dedicated to saving, extending, and improving the lives of those vulnerable, at risk, and diagnosed with lung cancer. They work to change the reality of living with lung cancer by ending stigma, increasing public and private research funding, and ensuring access to care.Visit website
LUNGevity Foundation focuses on improving outcomes for people with lung cancer through research, education, support, and policy initiatives. LUNGevity seeks to make an immediate impact on quality of life and survivorship for everyone touched by the disease—while ensuring that health equity and access to optimal care are available for all. The organization provides an active community for patients and survivors—and those who help them live longer and better lives.Visit website
No One Missed is a community-led campaign driven by LUNGevity Foundation and consists of patient advocacy, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology organizations. The campaign’s mission is to build public awareness of comprehensive biomarker testing as a critical part of every NSCLC diagnosis and empower patients with NSCLC to discuss comprehensive biomarker testing with their healthcare team.Visit website
CancerCare is the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical, and financial challenges of cancer. Their services include case management, counseling, support groups, educational workshops, publications, and more.Visit website
The Cancer Support Community helps patients and caregivers to manage their social, emotional, and practical needs throughout their cancer journey. Their services include patient navigation via a toll-free helpline, an online peer-to-peer community, and a multitude of educational resources. The Cancer Support Community also conducts cutting-edge research on the psychological, financial, and emotional journeys of patients and caregivers, and advocates at all levels of government for policies to help individuals whose lives have been disrupted by cancer.Visit website
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.
American Cancer Society: Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment: A Guide for Patients and FamiliesVisit website
CONQUER™: Nutrition Tips for Patients With Lung Cancer: Maintaining a Healthy Body Weight
CONQUER™ is a trademark of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+).Visit website
Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center: How to Practice Self-Care During CancerVisit website
Hear an inspirational story from an individual living with advanced NSCLC.Real patient story
Caregivers often overlook one very important detail—taking care of themselves!Explore support and