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How can advanced lung cancer affect your everyday life?

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Even if most of your therapy is now geared toward relieving symptoms, you can still live an active and enjoyable life.

It’s normal to feel a mix of emotions when you learn you have cancer -- things like fear, anger, and sadness. You don’t have to deal with them alone. Talk to friends, family, or a professional counselor to sort through what you’re feeling. Other people with lung cancer might also be able to offer understanding and advice.

SOURCES:

lungcancer.org: "Types and Staging of Lung Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Lung Cancer," "Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment," "Targeted therapy," "Last Days of Life–for health professionals."

University of Pennsylvania OncoLink: "Lung Cancer: The Basics," "What to Expect in End Stage Lung Cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Lung Cancer: Treatment Options."

American Cancer Society: "Treatment choices by stage for non-small cell lung cancer," "Nearing the end of life," "What happens if non-small cell lung cancer treatment is no longer working?"

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Towards the End of Life: What You and Your Family Can Expect."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 1, 2018

SOURCES:

lungcancer.org: "Types and Staging of Lung Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Lung Cancer," "Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment," "Targeted therapy," "Last Days of Life–for health professionals."

University of Pennsylvania OncoLink: "Lung Cancer: The Basics," "What to Expect in End Stage Lung Cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Lung Cancer: Treatment Options."

American Cancer Society: "Treatment choices by stage for non-small cell lung cancer," "Nearing the end of life," "What happens if non-small cell lung cancer treatment is no longer working?"

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Towards the End of Life: What You and Your Family Can Expect."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 1, 2018

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