You might feel overwhelmed, scared, anxious or upset if you have been diagnosed with cancer – these are all normal feelings. It’s very important to have support from family, friends, health professionals or other services to help you cope with cancer.
- Getting the best advice and care: A guide for those affected by lung cancer contains guidance on what people with lung cancer can do to start conversations with their health professionals and be actively involved in the decisions about their care.
Living with cancer has information about physical, emotional and practical issues during and after diagnosis and treatment.
- Cancer- How are you travelling? provides information to help you understand the emotional and social impact of cancer. Order or download a copy.
- Lung Cancer, Understanding, Managing, Living DVD looks at what happens when a person is diagnosed with lung cancer through to available treatments and living with cancer. View on Cancer Australia's Youtube channel.
Stigma and nihilism and lung cancer diagnosis:
The diagnosis of cancer is stressful and confronting for anyone. However, there is emerging evidence that lung cancer patients, more so than those with other cancers, may feel stigmatised by their disease.
- View A systematic review of the impact of stigma and nihilism on lung cancer outcomes
- View The impact of stigma on people diagnosed with lung cancer video resource
The Cancer Council in your state or territory can give you general information about cancer, as well as information on resources and support groups in your local area. Call the Cancer Council Helpline from anywhere in Australia for the cost of a local call on 13 11 20.