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.
The importance of quitting smoking
- Quitting Smoking After Diagnosis (Lung Cancer Alliance)
- Tobacco Cessation (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)
- Temel et al. 2009. A structured exercise program for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer. J Thorac Oncol. 4(5): 595–601.
- Staying Active During and After Treatment (American Cancer Society)
- Eating Hints: Before, During, and After Cancer Treatment Eating Hints: Before, During, and After Cancer Treatment (National Cancer Institute)
- Survivorship: Nutrition guidelines for cancer survivors (MD Anderson)
- Healthy or Harmful? (American Institute for Cancer Research)
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.