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How can I help my family and friends help me with lung cancer?

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Your family and friends might not know what to say or do to help you deal with lung cancer. Let them know if it’s okay to talk about your cancer. But also let them know that you want to talk about other things, too.

Make a list of things people can do for you, whether it’s cooking, chores, giving you a ride, or walking your dog. On the other hand, maybe a loved one is hovering or trying to do too much for you. It’s okay to tell the person that while you appreciate the help, daily visits wear you out and it might be better to come over only on certain days.

From: Living Your Best With Lung Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Struggling to Breathe: Tips for Managing Dyspnea.”

Roy Castle Cancer Foundation: “Managing Lung Cancer Symptoms: Breathlessness.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Dry Mouth or Xerostomia,” “Family Life.”

University of Arizona Cancer Center: “Tips Before and During Treatment.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Anemia & Iron-Rich Foods.”

The University of Pennsylvania, Oncolink:  “Preparing for Your First Day of Chemotherapy.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 7, 2018

SOURCES:

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Struggling to Breathe: Tips for Managing Dyspnea.”

Roy Castle Cancer Foundation: “Managing Lung Cancer Symptoms: Breathlessness.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Dry Mouth or Xerostomia,” “Family Life.”

University of Arizona Cancer Center: “Tips Before and During Treatment.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Anemia & Iron-Rich Foods.”

The University of Pennsylvania, Oncolink:  “Preparing for Your First Day of Chemotherapy.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 7, 2018

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