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Living Daily

Lung cancer can affect your daily life in various ways. How it affects you may depend on the cancer stage and the type of treatment.

Here are a few suggestions that may help you cope with lung cancer:

  • Talk to friends and family
  • Understand your condition by reading about it and asking your healthcare team for more information if you have questions.
  • Know your own limits
  • Try to take time for yourself
  • Talk to other patients and/or join a support group

Make sure to discuss any plans for new activities discussed in this section with your healthcare team.

Support and services

In Canada, there are many programs and services available to help improve the quality of life of people living with cancer.

The Canadian Cancer Society offers a Community Services Locator. This is a database of more than 5,000 services and resources such as home care, free transportation, accommodation and more. The Canadian Cancer Society also has a hotline - the Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333 to help you find resources.

For more information on programs and services in your region of Canada, visit www.cancer.ca and click on Support and Services.

Supportive care

Supportive care can help you cope with the physical, practical, emotional and spiritual challenges of lung cancer. Here are some suggestions to help you manage in your daily life:

  • Deep breathing exercises and use of a humidifier in dry rooms to help with cough
  • Relaxation exercises for difficulty breathing
  • If experiencing loss of appetite, consider consuming small amounts of high calorie foods or fluids in smaller more frequent meals
  • If you feel tired consider scheduling appointments or other activities at times when your energy level is high
  • If exercise is an option for you, choose the type, strength and frequency of your exercise on what you're used to and how well you feel.

The above is not a complete list of supportive care approaches. For more information on supportive care for patients with lung cancer, visit http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/lung/supportive-care