NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Part 7: Treatment by cancer stage
12 months for 2 years. These tests are described on page
28. If results are normal, it is suggested that you have these
tests once a year. The yearly chest CT scan should be done
Besides follow-up tests, tests of your general health are
recommended. After going through treatment for cancer, it
may be hard to think about taking care of “less important”
issues. However, your general health can have a big impact
on your well-being.
Likewise, take steps to prevent other diseases. Such steps
can include getting immunization shots for the flu, herpes,
and other diseases. Getting screening tests for other
cancers is also very important.
The third recommendation is to start or keep a healthy
lifestyle. There is proof that healthy behaviors can improve
your treatment results. Limiting your use of alcohol,
protecting yourself from the sun, and being a healthy weight
Healthy eating includes eating a balanced diet, eating the
right amount of food, and drinking enough fluids. However,
you may have special food needs during and after
treatment. A nutritionist—an expert in creating a healthy
Many patients benefit from some exercise. Exercise tones
muscles, lowers stress, and improves health. Exercise
programs differ between people based on their needs. Talk
with your treatment team about which exercises would be
best for you.
Being hooked on nicotine is one of the hardest addictions
to stop. The stress of lung cancer may make it harder or
easier to quit. Quitting is important since smoking can limit
how well cancer treatment works. Talk with your treatment
team about ways to quit.