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 Telephone Support Groups
Our Telephone Support Groups are held most weeks 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.
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.
Get involved: Lung Cancer Network
The Lung Cancer Network is an initiative of Lung Foundation Australia that was inspired by Kylie Johnston – a young, fit 27 year old woman who was diagnosed with advanced non-small cell lung cancer in May 2003.
Kylie and her husband Nick devoted time, energy and passion to helping Lung Foundation Australia raise awareness about lung cancer in the general community. Kylie passed away on 9th November 2007 after a four and a half year battle with lung cancer.
Lung Foundation Australia continues to work with a passionate group of patient advocates to raise awareness and funds for lung cancer through a number of initiatives, including:
- Our Shine a Light on Lung Cancer initiative
- Lung Cancer Patient Advisory Group