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Managing Lung Cancer Without Medical Treatment

written by: Vikas Vij • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 2/23/2011

Surviving with lung cancer without treatment can become easier if the patient has a strong support system of family and friends. Healthy eating, sufficient rest and relaxation, and alternative approaches to medical treatment should be considered to achieve some relief from the symptoms.

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    Lung Cancer Management in Absence of Medical Treatment

    Sometimes it may become necessary to manage lung cancer without treatment, particularly if the cancer has reached an incurable stage or the patient is refusing treatment. Even otherwise, it is important to cope with the feelings of anxiety and panic that may accompany a diagnosis of advanced stage lung cancer. Some patients are also keen to try alternative approaches to manage lung cancer and do not prefer medical treatment such as surgery or chemotherapy.

    In such cases, it is advisable to get in touch with professionals who are specially trained to help patients who are afflicted with cancer. Social, psychological and family support is crucial to help the patient cope up with the condition of lung cancer. Professionals such as a diet expert, physiotherapist or a yoga trainer may also be able to provide some useful support to the patient.

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    Coping with Lung Cancer Without Treatment

    Lung cancer diagnosis can be demoralizing for any patient, and it can take time to accept the reality and handle the situation in the best possible manner. The patient who does not prefer medical treatment should try to learn about lung cancer as much as possible. He or she should find out what are the alternative therapies or approaches to lung cancer which may relieve the symptoms and bring some comfort. A better awareness about one’s precise condition and the alternatives available can help to manage the situation in a better way.

    The patient should also enlist the support of close family and friends to cope up with the physical and emotional challenges that are likely to come up with the condition of lung cancer. A strong support system can provide moral strength and determination to manage the condition in a more capable manner. It is also a good idea to join online or offline cancer support groups where the patient comes in touch with other patients suffering from a similar condition and how they are coping with it.

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    Lifestyle Management with Lung Cancer

    The patient should try to keep busy with work or hobbies as far as possible. Work itself becomes a therapy to provide temporary relief from the agony associated with the condition of lung cancer. It is also important to eat well so that the body can handle the symptoms caused by lung cancer. Sufficient rest and relaxation can also help to minimize fatigue and exhaustion that may result from this condition.

    The patient may experience breathlessness due to lung cancer, and adequate rest may help to reduce this problem. Whenever the patient experiences shortness of breath, he should concentrate on the act of breathing and move into a comfortable position that makes it easier to breathe. Energy should be conserved for essential tasks and unnecessary tasks should be avoided. Cooler room temperature and good ventilation may also help the patient to breathe better.

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    Alternative Therapies for Lung Cancer

    If the patient has refused medical treatment, or is unable to undergo surgery or chemotherapy, he may consider alternative therapies that may provide some relief from the symptoms. There is no scientific evidence available regarding the effectiveness of such treatments. But if the patient is comfortable with such treatments, there is no harm in trying them.

    Acupuncture technique may be used to provide relief from pain and fatigue. The patient may also opt for hypnosis therapy which may induce relaxation and sleep and reduce the patient’s discomfort levels. Massage therapy is also widely used by various cancer patients, which can help to relieve symptoms of pain, anxiety and fatigue. Meditation and some simple yoga exercises may also be performed to attain temporary relief from the symptoms. However, it is advisable to perform these therapies under the supervision of an expert.