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Support for Lung Cancer Treatment
Lung cancer treatment is a trying time for you and your family. Whether it’s you that’s been diagnosed or a loved one, a support system can help you manage the many aspects of lung cancer and its treatment.
How a Support System Can Help
A lung cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Navigating your cancer journey with people who understand what you’re going through can reduce your stress and help you cope with the disease.
“Having people in place so that you don’t have to go through the cancer experience alone makes treatment a little bit easier,” says Richard Battafarrano, M.D., a board certified thoracic surgeon at The Lung Cancer Program at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Your support system may be made up of family, friends, neighbors, volunteers or health professionals. They can help you with:
- Keeping track of your health care records and appointments
- Handling insurance and financial issues
- Talking with your cancer care team
- Setting up rides to and from appointments
- Getting assistance with day-to-day needs like grocery shopping, paying bills and cleaning
- Making sure you’re staying healthy with good nutrition and appropriate physical activity
Lung Cancer Support Programs and Services
Support programs and services range from peer support groups to counseling.
Your care team may include specialists such as a:
- Patient navigator to help schedule appointments, manage insurance problems, explain treatment and care options, and assist caregivers
- Social worker to provide information on insurance coverage, arrange support services and communicate with your cancer care team
- Palliative care specialist to help manage the symptoms, side effects and emotional issues of lung cancer and its treatment
- Nutritionist to design an eating plan that includes the right types of food for you to eat during and after treatment
- Counselor to assist you and your family in dealing with the stress of cancer diagnosis and treatment
At Johns Hopkins, we also offer additional support services during treatment, including:
- Cancer support groups for you to connect with other cancer patients or caregivers who understand what you’re going through
- Educational workshops to offer you and your family guidance in how to cope with lung cancer and its treatment
- Spiritual support, including religious and non-denominational services and opportunities for private meditation
- Transportation assistance to get to and from treatment appointments
- Lodging accommodations for you or your family to stay during treatment if you travel from out-of-state
- Personal care products, including custom-made wigs, hats and skin care products to help you feel better during and after treatment
Learn more about our lung cancer resources, including videos about living with lung cancer and a list of national organizations offering additional support services.