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What is it like to live with advanced lung cancer?

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The disease also might make you feel tired much of the time. Think about which activities are important to you, and focus your energy on them .

You can also rethink your tasks around the house. Some people hire professional caregivers to take care of the basics. Friends and relatives might also help. Others opt for hospice care, which helps you and your family prepare for the end of life.

People with advanced cancer often have pain, though not everyone does. Tell your doctor about it and talk about different ways to control it, such as medications.

Shortness of breath is also common. It can help to pace your activities and take rests, even if you're just going to the bathroom. Some people can breathe easier with medications or oxygen therapy.

SOURCES:

lungcancer.org: "Types and Staging of Lung Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Lung Cancer," "Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment," "Targeted therapy," "Last Days of Life–for health professionals."

University of Pennsylvania OncoLink: "Lung Cancer: The Basics," "What to Expect in End Stage Lung Cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Lung Cancer: Treatment Options."

American Cancer Society: "Treatment choices by stage for non-small cell lung cancer," "Nearing the end of life," "What happens if non-small cell lung cancer treatment is no longer working?"

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Towards the End of Life: What You and Your Family Can Expect."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 1, 2018

SOURCES:

lungcancer.org: "Types and Staging of Lung Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Lung Cancer," "Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment," "Targeted therapy," "Last Days of Life–for health professionals."

University of Pennsylvania OncoLink: "Lung Cancer: The Basics," "What to Expect in End Stage Lung Cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Lung Cancer: Treatment Options."

American Cancer Society: "Treatment choices by stage for non-small cell lung cancer," "Nearing the end of life," "What happens if non-small cell lung cancer treatment is no longer working?"

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Towards the End of Life: What You and Your Family Can Expect."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 1, 2018

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