Lung Cancer

Messages to others with lung cancer

the people we interviewed offered many different types of advice, based on their experiences. People are all different and what works for one person may not work for someone else. Here are their suggestions:

  • Have courage, be positive, don't worry and don't be afraid of cancer
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  • Cancer can be fought, a positive attitude makes a big difference
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  • Even in the blackest bits there are positive aspects
  • Don't think the worst and be positive for your family's sake
  • Cry your tears but be brave and don't give up hope
  • Cancer doesn't always mean death
  • Cancer can be beaten
  • Look for inspiration in the stories of others
  • Treatment isn't as bad as you think it will be
  • Ask questions and find the best treatment
  • Believe in the treatment you are given
  • Trust your specialist
  • Look for information
  • Search the Internet
  • Find out about clinical trials
  • Talk to someone who has had cancer
  • Find a support group
  • Don't get depressed
  • Don't make your family feel miserable if you are feeling depressed
  • Accept support when it is offered
  • Allow yourself to rest
  • After treatment start with small tasks and gradually do more each day
  • Keep busy and occupy your mind
  • Make the most of time you have left
  • Have a purpose in life
  • Live life to the full
  • Return to normal life as soon as possible
  • Make targets and goals
  • Write about your feelings and keep a sense of humour
  • If you haven't started smoking don't start
  • If you do smoke do your best to stop or control how much you smoke

Last reviewed May 2016.

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