Posted in: Lung Cancer by Dr. Tarang Krishna
The lung cancer treatment depends on the type and stage of cancer you have and includes chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and immunotherapy. If you have lung cancer and are undergoing treatment, it is essential to take care of the body and practice healthy lifestyle habits such as eating well, exercising and managing stress. Following this can help manage the side effects, improve the quality of life, and stay fit both comfortably and emotionally during and after the treatment. Try these tips by Cancer Healer Center to maximize your health and well-being and cope with the effects of lung cancer -
Quit Smoking - Smoking plays a major role in the development of lung cancer and other lung diseases. Every time you smoke a cigarette, you inhale thousands of chemicals which damage the lungs. Smoking also causes the lungs to age more rapidly. Eventually, the chemicals inhaled change the lung cells from normal to cancerous. Quitting usually takes several attempts but is worth it. In order to living a nourishing life, proper lung cancer treatment and a healthy lifestyle is the best way to succeed.
Exercise - Getting regular exercise is probably the most important thing you can do for the health of your lungs. Just as exercise keeps the body in shape, it keeps the lungs in shape too. When you exercise, your heart beats faster and the lungs work harder. The lungs step up the activity to deliver oxygen while expelling additional carbon dioxide. Creating strong and healthy lungs through exercise helps you to better resist aging and disease. Exercise helps you to slow the progression and keeps you active for longer along with the lung cancer treatment.
Stay hydrated - Drinking enough fluid is essential during the lung cancer treatment. Your body works hard to replace the damage that’s been done during the treatment that can lead to hydration. Upon waking up in the morning, have a large glass of water. Soups and broth are great for people undergoing cancer treatment.
Avoid Exposure to Pollutants - Exposure to pollutants can damage the lungs and accelerate aging. Reduce your exposure as much as you can -
- Avoid secondhand smoke.
- Avoid exercising near heavy traffic.
- If you are exposed to pollutants at work, take all possible precautions.
Get Sufficient Sleep - It is extremely important for people undergoing cancer treatment to get sufficient sleep. The DNA repair happens at night and the cells are broken down and replenished. People who do not sleep well are much more likely to feel stressed.
Prevent Infections - Infections can be dangerous for lungs. The best way to avoid lung infections is to keep your hands clean. Wash regularly with water and soap and avoiding touching your face as much as possible. Drink plenty of water and eat lots of fruits and vegetables to boost the immune system. Stay up-to-date with your vaccinations..
Pay attention to side effects - Many lung cancer treatment have side effects. You should talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any which are disruptive to your health and lifestyle. The older cancer drugs are less effective than they are today and so the goal of the treatment is to use maximum and tolerable dose rather than minimum, effective dose.
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