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Staying healthy during lung cancer treatment

Taking care of yourself is important when you are in treatment for lung cancer. Symptoms and side effects from treatment may make staying healthy a challenge but doing what you can, from quitting if you smoke to proper nutrition and staying as active as possible can help you to stay in treatment, make it a bit easier and could even help it be more effective.    

Learn about staying healthy during treatment 

The Importance of Quitting Smoking 

Smoking after a diagnosis of lung cancer (Lung Cancer Alliance)

Mason et al. 2009. Impact of smoking cessation before resection of lung cancer: A Society of Thoracic Surgeons General Thoracic Surgery Database Study. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 88:362-71.

Stopping tobacco use after a cancer diagnosis: Resources and guidance for patients and families. (ASCO)

Staying Active

Temel et al. 2009. A structured exercise program for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer. J Thorac Oncol4(5): 595–601. 

Staying Active During and After Treatment (American Cancer Society)

Eating Smart

Eating Hints: Before, During, and After Cancer Treatment (National Cancer Institute)

Survivorship: Nutrition guidelines for cancer survivors (MD Anderson)

Frequently asked questions about diet and supplements during cancer treatment (American Institute for Cancer Research)


See also:

Smoking cessation

Coping with a lung cancer diagnosis

Symptoms, side effects and complications 


Disclaimer: Before changing any part of your daily routine or diet, talk with your doctor to learn about possible benefits and risks, interactions with current cancer treatments, side effects and other considerations.