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What positions can help with breathing in people with lung cancer?

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Several positions can help people with lung cancer to breathe. Try some of these:

  • Sit up very straight, lean forward, and rest your elbows on the arms of the chair or your knees.
  • Lie on your side with three or four pillows under your upper body, from the waist up.
  • Stand and lean forward with your hands on a desk or table.
  • Stand and lean back with your shoulders against a wall.

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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