NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer - page 87

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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
®
: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Version 1.2014
Part 8: Accepting a treatment plan
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smokers. Even if you are a smoker, you don’t deserve cancer. Instead of
blaming yourself, try to focus on getting better. Undergoing cancer treatment
can be hard. You’ll have a lot to deal with without the blame.
After treatment, some people dislike their looks because of side effects.
Common concerns are hair loss from chemotherapy and scars from surgery. It
can be difficult to adapt to these changes. You may also be concerned with what
your partner thinks. Partners may stop showing their love because they are
unsure of what to do. They may also think of themselves as more of a caregiver
than a partner during treatment. Sharing what you need and want can help your
partner and yourself.
Financial stress is common. You may be unemployed or miss work during
treatment. You may have too little or no health insurance. Talk with your
treatment team about work, insurance, or money problems. They will include
information in the treatment plan to help you control your finances.
Survivorship care
Cancer survivorship begins on the day you learn of having lung cancer. For many
survivors, the end of active treatment signals a time of celebration but also of
great anxiety. This is a very normal response. You may need support to address
issues that arise from not having regular visits with your treatment team. In
addition, your treatment plan should include a schedule of follow-up cancer tests,
treatment of long-term side effects, and care of your general health.
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