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How should I prepare for the side effects of my lung cancer treatment?

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As you get ready to start treatment, it’s normal to feel nervous about side effects you might face. Keep in mind that side effects vary even between two people on the same treatment. That's because every person -- and every cancer case -- is unique. The good news is most side effects are temporary and there are ways you can manage them.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Surgery for non-small cell lung cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Chemotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Getting Help for Nausea and Vomiting.”

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine: “A Patient’s Guide to Lung Surgery.”

Lung Cancer Alliance: “Hair Loss.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Blood Clotting: Thrombosis.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Thoracic Surgery -- After Your Lung Surgery Patient Education -- Discharge Information.”

American Cancer Society: “Diarrhea.”

LungCancer.org: “Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Constipation.”

LungCancer.org: “Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Fatigue.”

American Cancer Society: “Infection in People With Cancer.”

Radiological Society of North America: “Lung Cancer Treatment.”

American Cancer Society: “Targeted therapies for non-small cell lung cancer.”

Garrido-Castro, C. April 2013.  Translational Lung Cancer Research,

National Cancer Institute: ‘FDA Approves First Immunotherapy Treatment for Lung Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 11, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Surgery for non-small cell lung cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Chemotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Getting Help for Nausea and Vomiting.”

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine: “A Patient’s Guide to Lung Surgery.”

Lung Cancer Alliance: “Hair Loss.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Blood Clotting: Thrombosis.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Thoracic Surgery -- After Your Lung Surgery Patient Education -- Discharge Information.”

American Cancer Society: “Diarrhea.”

LungCancer.org: “Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Constipation.”

LungCancer.org: “Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Fatigue.”

American Cancer Society: “Infection in People With Cancer.”

Radiological Society of North America: “Lung Cancer Treatment.”

American Cancer Society: “Targeted therapies for non-small cell lung cancer.”

Garrido-Castro, C. April 2013.  Translational Lung Cancer Research,

National Cancer Institute: ‘FDA Approves First Immunotherapy Treatment for Lung Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 11, 2018

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