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How does palliative care for lung cancer help?

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This special form of medical treatment can help you handle lung cancer issues like:

If your cancer can’t be treated, you can get palliative care to ease your pain and make you more comfortable. But this type of treatment isn’t just something you get once you’re in hospice or at the end of your life. You can get it anytime you need it.

  • Pain from your tumor or cancer surgery
  • Stress, depression, guilt, or anxiety
  • Chemotherapy, radiation, or other treatment side effects
  • Shortness of breath
  • Not getting enough oxygen
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Weight loss

From: Palliative Care for Lung Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “A Guide to Palliative or Supportive Care,” “Choices for palliative care.”

American Lung Association: “Supportive (Palliative) Care.”

Contemporary Oncology : “Palliative care in patients with lung cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “Palliative Care in Cancer.”

American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine: “Frequently Asked Questions About Hospice and Palliative Care.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on April 17, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “A Guide to Palliative or Supportive Care,” “Choices for palliative care.”

American Lung Association: “Supportive (Palliative) Care.”

Contemporary Oncology : “Palliative care in patients with lung cancer.”

National Cancer Institute: “Palliative Care in Cancer.”

American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine: “Frequently Asked Questions About Hospice and Palliative Care.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on April 17, 2017

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