Coping With Side Effects of Advanced Lung Cancer Treatment

By

Sarah Handzel, BSN, RN

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Cancer survivor

There are two main treatments available for patients with late stage lung cancer: chemotherapy and radiation. Both can cause side effects you might experience during the course of your treatment.

Fortunately, there are many ways to deal with these side effects. If you experience any of the side effects listed, it’s important to let your doctor know as soon as you can. He or she can work to adjust your treatment regimen or find way to alleviate your symptoms.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the most common treatment for patients with advanced lung cancer. Many patients experience fatigue during the course of their chemotherapy. If there are any underlying causes of your fatigue, like anemia, your doctor might recommend certain medications to correct them. He or she might also choose to prescribe medications—such as sleep aids or certain pain medications—to help you feel better.

Immunotherapy can offer a durable, long-term response to therapy for patients with lung cancer.

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