Lung Cancer

When you are first diagnosed with lung cancer and throughout the different phases of your treatment and recovery, it is normal to experience a range of emotions such as fear, sadness, anxiety, anger and frustration. It is helpful to keep communication lines open with your family, carers and healthcare team and discuss how you are feeling. If feelings of sadness or anxiety are ongoing or severe, please talk to anyone in your healthcare team. Lung Foundation Australia offers a range of services and resources to support you and help you improve your well-being.

Lung Cancer Support Nurse

The Lung Cancer Support Nurse provides a telephone based service for patients, their families and carers at any stage of their lung cancer journey. The Lung Cancer Support Nurse is a highly experienced oncology nurse who can provide evidence-based information regarding diagnosis, treatment, symptom management, well-being in addition to guidance about relevant support services.

The Lung Cancer Support Nurse aims to empower patients, their families and carers to work with their healthcare team to make informed choices about the treatment and management of their lung cancer, whilst also addressing their supportive care needs.

To arrange a telephone appointment with the Lung Cancer Support Nurse, complete the form below

The psychological needs of patients with lung cancer

Being diagnosed with lung cancer or experiencing a change in the progression of your lung cancer, is difficult. When you are diagnosed with lung cancer, you and your family members are confronted with adjustment, which can often result in loss of independence and confidence. Lifestyle changes and compromises can raise difficult emotions, including depression, anxiety, anger, regret or guilt. While emotions are part of the body’s natural response, it doesn’t mean they need to take over your life. It is important to know that there is support available in many forms to help you adjust and live well.

Lung Cancer and Physical Activity

Bridging the gap between treatment and life with Kelly Prosser, Exercise Physiologist.

Exercise physiologist Kelly Prosser joined Lung Foundation Australia’s Hope and Light Lung Cancer Support Group to discuss the benefits of exercise during and post treatment, tips and tricks on exercise, and how exercise can improve quality of life. For more information on exercising with lung cancer, please contact our Information and Support Team via freecall 1800 654 301.

Lung Cancer Telephone Peer Support Groups

Our Telephone Peer Support Groups are held each month and are a great way for people living with lung cancer to connect with other people in a similar situation to them without leaving the comfort of their home. These free and confidential groups are facilitated by qualified Lung Foundation Australia staff. The calls are open to lung cancer patients at any stage of their illness. Whilst our staff facilitate the call, they are there to provide support when and if needed – members are encouraged to discuss all topics related to their lung cancer journey freely.

Hope and Light Lung Cancer Support Group

Lung Foundation Australia hosts a monthly lung cancer support group in Milton, Brisbane. The group provides an informal environment where people can share information, support one another and discuss ways to cope with the challenges of living with lung cancer. Facilitated by Lung Foundation Australia, with support from Marilyn Nelson who has been living with lung cancer for over three years, the group is held on the last Friday of each month from 10.30am-12.00pm.