Living with lung cancer

Five Ways to Improve Communication with Your Medical Team

Patients and their medical team form a tight bond as they work to treat lung cancer together. However, communication isn’t always perfect.

LUNGevity Foundation spoke to Lecia Sequist, MD, and nurse practitioner Elizabeth Krueger, MSN, at Massachusetts General Hospital to find tips for improving communications with your medical team.

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Pulmonologists: Trusted Guides on the Lung Cancer Journey

Anil Vachani, MD, a member of LUNGevity’s Scientific Advisory Board, routinely sees patients who are suspected of having lung cancer. As a pulmonologist, or lung disease specialist, in the thoracic oncology program at the University of Pennsylvania, he is often the first doctor his patients see after an abnormality has been detected on their lung CT scan or X-ray.

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How Nina’s Clinical Trial Led to a High-Five Celebration

Her doctor was excited, which made Nina excited. They high-fived and couldn’t believe the progress that had been made in just a few weeks. The clinical trial was already having positive effects. 

Before her clinical trial success, Nina went through the standard treatments for people with small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). She was diagnosed in early 2014, and the plan was to try different chemo and radiation therapies. 

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Exercise and Lung Cancer: Low-Impact Workouts

Overall health becomes a major priority when undergoing lung cancer treatment, and staying active is one way to include healthy behaviors in your life. Talking with your doctor about exercise and lung cancer is important to remain safe and do activities your body and lungs can handle. If you feel chest or lung pain during any workouts, stop immediately and tell your doctor. 

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Tips For Managing Lung Cancer During the Holiday Season

The holidays are a time to celebrate, but they can also be a time of stress as we try to create that perfect celebration. Bringing together family and friends, decorating, shopping, cooking, hosting—the list goes on! 

After a lung cancer diagnosis, it’s easy to feel like you can’t keep up and that your holidays will never be the same. They can be special; just remember to take care of yourself first before taking care of the holidays. 

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Healthy Eating for the Holidays

With the holiday season in full swing, it’s the perfect time to explore seasonal ingredients and highlight healthy holiday nutrition tips. Fall brings some of the most flavorful, colorful seasonal produce that you can incorporate into holiday dishes (or any dishes!). Seasonal foods are harvested at optimal ripeness, resulting in tastier, fresher, and typically less expensive produce. We have highlighted some seasonal fruits and vegetables that can make the biggest impact on your health.

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Conversations That Count: The Black Experience of Lung Cancer

On April 21, LUNGevity’s Director of Community Outreach, Dr. Eugene Manley, Jr., moderated the first in a series of Conversations That Count, titled The Black Experience of Lung Cancer. As part of LUNGevity Foundation’s health equity webinar series, the following panelists came together via Facebook Live to share personal and professional stories of incredible tenacity in accessing lung cancer care:

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