Lung cancer treatment is becoming increasingly sophisticated and complex with new diagnostic approaches and genetic testing of tumour samples, minimally invasive surgical techniques, precisely targeted radiation treatment, and innovative medicines.
Lung Foundation Australia provides a range of evidence-based initiatives to support clinical treatment and management plans set out for lung cancer patients.
Research has shown that regular exercise can help maintain fitness and wellbeing for your patients, as well as improve their symptoms and quality of life.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a highly effective 6-8 week evidence-based exercise and education program that teaches people with a lung disease the skills they need to manage their breathlessness and stay well and out of hospital. Lung Foundation offers a range of tools and resources to support the implementation of best practice pulmonary rehabilitation programs. Find out more.
People with lung cancer experience high levels of anxiety and depression, with approximately half having distress, anxiety and/or depression. Different forms of support will be appropriate for patients at different stages of treatment. Studies have shown that access to psychosocial support improves overall outcomes, with suggestions that psychosocial support can enhance hope in people with lung cancer which can reduce levels of pain, other symptoms and psychological distress.
Lung Foundation Australia’s Lung Cancer Support Nurse provides evidence-based information and support for patients and their family through any and all stages of their lung cancer journey
Not all people with lung cancer have a history of smoking. However if your patient is a current smoker, the most important thing they can do to slow the rate of deterioration of their condition is to quit. Lung Foundation Australia provides training and resources to support the implementation of a successful smoking cessation strategy for your patients.