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Living Well with Lung Cancer

Lung cancer can be treated in several different ways. Each person’s experience is unique, but the more information you have, the better equipped you will be to ask questions and make decisions.

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The Waiting Room

by Lisa Pawlak

While I am sitting in the oncol­ogy waiting room, I often wonder what I am doing here. I pass the time by flipping through magazines, browsing the web on my smartphone, and sending text messages to my husband. Often, I complain that I am still waiting.

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Your Guide to Lung Cancer Treatment

There are four basic ways to treat lung cancer: surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy. Your treatment will depend on several factors, including the type and stage of your cancer, pos­sible side effects, and your preferences and overall health. In addition to these standard therapy options, you may also consider taking part in a clinical trial.

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Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Different types of treat­ments are available for people with non-small cell lung cancer. Surgery, radiation therapy, chemo­therapy, targeted therapy, laser therapy, photodynamic therapy, cryosurgery, electrocautery, and watchful waiting are the nine standard treatments used for this cancer.

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American Lung Association Resource Offers Lung Cancer Patients and Caregivers

The American Lung Association has launched Facing Lung Cancer: Support from Day One, a new patient- and caregiver-focused, web-based lung cancer information resource. This online tool offers interactive features that address specific topics of interest for people living with lung cancer and their loved ones. 

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Patient Advocate Foundation Receives Support to Aid Lung Cancer Survivors through Its Co-Pay Relief Program

The Patient Advocate Foundation has received a generous contribution that will allow the Foundation to continue to support people with non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer within its Co-Pay Relief Program. The program provides direct financial support for pharmaceutical co-payments to insured patients, including Medicare Part D beneficiaries, who financially and medically qualify, significantly reducing the financial burden associated with high medication costs.

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Health and Prognosis Not Taken Into Account When Treating Older People with Lung Cancer

The study, published in the Jour­nal of Clinical Oncology, found that treatment rates decreased more in association with advancing age than with the worsening of other illnesses. People between the ages of 65 and 74 who were severely ill from other illnesses, and thus less likely to benefit and more likely to be harmed from cancer treatment, received treatment at roughly the same rate as those in the same age range with no comorbidities.

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Diagnosis: Lung Cancer

You have just been diagnosed with lung cancer. The first thing you must know, and something you should repeat to yourself over and over, is there is reason for hope! Much is being done for people with lung cancer, and new treatments are being developed and tested every day. Of course, you may experience many strong emotions – it is part of the process of dealing with your diagnosis. But a key part of living with lung cancer is to learn the facts, to stay positive, to be hopeful, and to remember that lung cancer can often be treated.

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