Living with Lung Cancer

Patient

A diagnosis of lung cancer does not mean you cannot continue to live your everyday life. You may have to make certain adjustments based on your treatment, for example, time off work. It can be a fraught and worrying time, but it is also a time to prioritise your physical and mental health and wellbeing. Lung cancer symptoms can be controlled so that you live well with lung cancer and your quality of life is maximised.

 

You may find it difficult to talk about your disease with family and/or friends. You may feel frightened, destabilised, depressed, anxious or a wide range of emotions. It is important to link in with psychological support if you feel you need help to cope with your diagnosis.

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Carer

Caring for someone living with lung cancer can be difficult and demanding. Whether you are a spouse, partner, child, parents, friend or neighbour, providing someone else with physical, emotional and practical support while also worrying about their wellbeing can be draining and exhausting.

It is important to practise self-care during this time, and ensure your own physical and emotional needs are being met. Many organisations offer specific support to carers, such as the Irish Cancer Society.

The Marie Keating Foundation has a webinar series for carers that is free to watch.