Living With Lung Cancer

The VA is promoting a new clinical program to help veterans diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer. When the individual is first diagnosed, physicians will take a biopsy of the tumor for targeted genomic sequencing.  This allows identification of the DNA sequence that makes up the tumor.  With this information, doctors use drugs specifically designed to target that type of tumor.

The treatment also allows veterans the opportunity to take part in clinical trials of new drug treatments. By identifying the specific mutations that cause the tumors, and targeting the treatment using drugs known to be effective, there is a much greater chance of success.

If you have lung cancer, never give up hope. Do everything you can to stay strong, such as eating healthy, and staying active.  You may find it difficult to maintain your weight, so focus on eating foods that are high in protein and calories.  Eating more small meals during the day may help too.

Staying active improves physical and mental health. Try to work in some physical activity every day.  This may help you sleep better and increase your energy.  Staying active can also help reduce side effects of medications.  Focus on being active when you feel energetic and rested.  Don’t overdo, rather stick to moderate activities such as stretching, walking, swimming or biking.

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