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What breathing exercise can help people with lung cancer?

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  • Breathing exercises can help people with lung cancer. Try belly breathing or pursed-lip breathing: Belly breathing uses the muscle just below your breastbone, called the diaphragm. Lie on your back and put a book on your stomach. Try to make the book rise and fall as you breathe.
  • Pursed-lip breathing can also help. Press your lips together like you’re about to whistle. Breathe in through your nose. Take twice as long to breathe out through the center of your lips.

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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