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What does palliative care for lung cancer include?

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Your palliative care may include radiation or chemotherapy. Brachytherapy, or radiation seeds that are planted inside your lungs, can open up narrow air passages and help you breathe. Palliative chemotherapy can help ease your pain or cough. You can get extra oxygen through small tubes that go into your nose. This can be done at home. It can help ease fluid buildup so you can breathe. Palliative care for your lung cancer may also include:

  • Anti-nausea drugs
  • Counseling to deal with your emotions or fears
  • Drugs to treat bloody coughs
  • Oxygen therapy or a portable oxygen tank
  • Pain medicine like morphine
  • Steroids or other drugs to ease swelling in your lungs
  • Treatments to ease your cough
  • Treatments to boost your appetite or keep your weight up
  • Treatments to ease pain or discomfort from cancer surgery

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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