For most people living with lung cancer, having the best quality of life possible, both during and after treatment, is an important goal. There are many therapies and techniques to help people living with lung cancer manage side effects, improve lung function, reduce symptom severity, and improve their overall health and wellness. The information and links provided below have helped me tremendously and I hope you will take the time to read through them. Much of the information is equally applicable to care givers and others who do not have a cancer diagnosis. Everyone can benefit from activities that support the immune system and increase physical and emotional strength.


Yoga can help cancer patients and survivors manage treatment side effects and cancer recovery. Evidence indicates that yoga can strengthen the immune system, increase strength and flexibility, improve balance and mobility, lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, support a healthy weight, improve psychological well-being, reduce fatigue, improve sleep and help manage stress and anxiety ( All yoga is not the same. For more information about the yoga4cancer methodology developed specifically to address the needs of cancer patients and survivors and to find an oncology trained yoga teacher near you please visit (yoga4cancer). See also should you want to purchase Tari Prinster’s book Yoga for Cancer: A Guide to Managing Side Effects, Boosting Immunity, and Improving Recovery for Cancer Survivors.

Meditation/Mindfulness Practices

I embraced a meditation/mindfulness practice long before I received my cancer diagnosis and it has helped me tremendously with stress management, staying positive and working through difficult moments. There are a number of practices available and the best practice is the one that most serves you. No matter which method of meditation/mindfulness you choose, the most important thing is consistency in the practice. As with all things in life, practice makes perfect.

Please see below links to more information about meditation/mindfulness practices.


Many research studies support the idea that exercising during cancer treatment helps you feel better. Exercise programs can help improve strength and endurance, reduce stress and promote relaxation. I personally walk as much as I can on a daily basis and have found it to be extremely helpful in strengthening the bones that have been weakened by cancer. See to learn more about the benefits of walking.

In the course of my treatment there have been times when I was not able to walk as well as times when I had to use poles to support myself. You just have to do the best you can. In the months when I was not able to walk I would get in a local pool with a waste belt to keep me afloat and try to move my body as much as I could. See for more information on the benefits of swimming for cancer patients.

See also the following links regarding the benefits of exercise.


Nutrition is an important part of cancer treatment and staying healthy generally. Eating the right kinds of foods before, during, and after treatment can help you feel better and stay stronger.

Since my diagnosis I have added certain herbs and spices to my diet including turmeric and curcumin and ginger to help reduce inflammation in my body. See I start every morning with a concoction of 1/2 table spoon apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon water, 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, 1/4 teaspoon mix of back pepper and cayenne. This mixture has really helped me manage the acid reflux that is a side effect of my targeted therapy. I also found the following books helpful: The China Study by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell and How to Starve Cancer by Jane McLelland.

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Integrative Medicine

Integrative medicine refers to combining complementary treatments with conventional care to treat the whole person rather than one organ system. It emphasizes a holistic, patient-focused approach to wellness, and can include mind and body practices. Integrative medicine weaves natural treatments such as acupuncture, massage, and yoga into your overall care plan.

For more information about how integrative medicine can compliment your treatment see: