Cancer Support Group
What are the symptoms of Lung Cancer?
- A cough that that is persistant or worsens, hoarseness
- Shortness of breath, chest pain and wheezing
- Coughing up blood, fatigue
- Recurrent bronchitus or pneumonia, weight loss
How can I be screened for lung cancer?
Standard chest x-ray and spiral computerized tomography scan (CT). Spiral scans use x-rays to create a
3-dimensional model of the lungs.
Contact Beth Phelps of the Thoracic Onclogy Program at SIU (TOPS) 217-545-7433 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Should I have a chest x-ray?
If you are having any of the symptoms of lung cancer and they do not stop with antibiotic treatment, you should have a chest x-ray.
How do I find a doctor to treat my lung cancer?
Stephen Hazelrigg, MD, is Professor and Chairman of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dr. Hazelrigg practices all aspects of cardithoracic surgery (heart, lung and esophageal) and has a special interest in thoracoscopic surgery. email@example.com
I want to quit smoking, where can I find help?
NCI Smoking Quitline at 1 877-466-QUIT
American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking® Online www.lungusa.org
What are lung cancer risks?
- Cigarette smoking -- Tobacco addiction is by far the most important risk factor in the development of lung cancer. Cigarette smoke contains more that 4000 different chemicals, many of which are proven carcinogens (substances that cause cancer).
- A history of smoking -- Quitting smoking reduces your risk of lung cancer over time. However, former smokers always remain at higher risk for developing lung cancer than someone who has never smoked.
- Exposure to Radon -- (an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that occurs naturally in soil and rocks).
- Exposure to secondhand or passive smoke
- Exposure to certain industrial and organic substances -- such as arsenic, asbestos, uranium, and diesel fuel.
- Air pollution.
- Family history of lung cancer.
- Previous lung disease.
What types of cancer treatments are available?
The type of treatment that is best for lung cancer depends on the type of cancer and how the cancer has progressed when it is first diagnosed. Some potential treatments include surgery, radiation or chemotherapy.
What are the side effects of cancer treatment?
Loss of appetite, also known as anorexia (an-o-rek-se-ah), is a common side effect of cancer and treatment.
For those dealing with cancer, constipation is a common, and frequently more severe problem.
Shortness of breath is also common for people dealing with lung cancer.
Chronic fatigue is one of the most common and debilitating symptoms and /or side effects of cancer and its treatment.
Neuropathy means that something is wrong with nerve tissue, it is a fairly common occurence.
What clinical trials are available?
Contact Theresa Boley, RN,MSN,FNP-CS. Theresa is an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. firstname.lastname@example.org
Where can I get information online?
- The Mesothelioma Group The Mesothelioma Group also donates to local charities and provides scholarships to victims and their families.
- The Candlelighters Candlelighters, which helps children battle and overcome cancer
- Lung Cancer Alliance or 1-800-298-2436
- Cancer Source.comArticles, interactive tools, community resources about lung cancer, smoking etc.
- Lung Cancer Information Center. Guide to lung cancer, frequently asked questions, information on types of lung cancer, and information about screening and treatment; part of the Medicine OnLine website, which offers medical information on education in oncology, literature searches through MedLine®, discussion groups on cancer, smoking etc.
- Lung Cancer On-Line. A comprehensive clearinghouse of information about lung cancer, created and maintained by lung cancer survivor Karen Parles. Features extensive links to other sites.
- The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). AACR highlights cancer research at its annual meeting. Proceedings of recent meetings, with selected slide/lectures are on the site.
- American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). ASCO, the premier professional organization of American oncologists, has online proceedings and abstracts from its annual meetings.
- American Cancer Society's Lung Cancer Resource Center. Here you'll find answers to questions about the nature of cancer, its causes and risk factors. Also, the latest strategies for prevention, new diagnostic techniques, and the latest treatment options.
- Cancer News on the Net: Lung Cancer Links. Resources on lung cancer from medicine Online, the National Cancer Institute and CancerLit, among others.
- Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center/Lung Cancer Screening. This article describes various methods of screening for lung cancer.
- Women Against Lung Cancer (WALC).WALC is a not-for-profit organization formed to educate public and health care professionals about lung cancer in women. WALC supports and encourages research in gender-related differences in the development, treatment, and prevention of lung cancer. The group also seeks to encourage and mentor women health care professionals to pursue careers in lung cancer research.
- The Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR). A not-for-profit group that hosts free support discussion groups. Register for nonsmall cell, small cell, or bronchioaveolar (BAC) lung cancer groups.
- The Wellness Community. Offers general cancer support groups online. Limited to 8 participants, the groups meet weekly for an hour and a half.
- Mesothelioma Caregivers This Web site is dedicated to providing information and resources to the caregivers of people with mesothelioma.
- Mesothelioma Help Studies have shown that cancer patients who actively discuss their health issues, life concerns, and emotions show both mental and physical improvement.
- Quick Overview Lung cancer is a cancer of the lungs characterized by the presence of malignant tumours. Most commonly it is bronchogenic carcinoma (about 90%). Lung cancer is the most lethal of cancers worldwide, causing up to 3 million deaths annually.
- The Meso Foundation (formerly MARF) is the only non-profit organization dedicated to ending mesothelioma and the suffering caused by it, by funding research, providing education and support for patients and their families, and by advocating for federal funding of mesothelioma research.
The cancer diagnosis affects every aspect of a person's life. It is natural to be anxious and have questions about what the lung cancer diagnosis and treatment means to you and your family.
Sharing your concerns with others who have had the same experience can be supportive and reassuring.
The Lung Cancer support group aims to provide lung cancer survivors in the community with information, support and a sense of fellowship as they live with the disease.
The group purpose is threefold:
1. Provide information about the different aspects of the disease and treatment.
2. Provide a place where people with lung cancer can share their experiences.
3. Provide and environment which gives emotional and spiritual nourishment, plus reinforcement to each other.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women. There are an estimated 171,900 new cases of lung cancer expected to be diagnosed this year, accounting for about 13% of cancer diagnoses. The challenges faced by a person living with lung cancer are unique; attending a lung cancer support group may provide you with some of the tools you will need to meet these challenges.
What the support group meeting can offer you.
The Springfield Area Lung Cancer Support group will offer you a relaxed atmosphere in whic to share your story, feelings and knowledge about lung cancer.
Informational presentations are provided to help deal with the multiple aspects of the disease.
Whether you are a newly diagnosed patient, or have been dealing with the disease for along time everyone is invited.
Refreshments are served at each meeting. The Group meets once a month, the third Tuesday, from 5:30 to 6:30
747 N. Rutledge
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For questions or directions:
please call 217-545-6818
Spouses, family or friends are welcome.
The Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy Support and Education (ALCASE).
ALCASE was founded to help people, worldwide at risk for and living with lung cancer improve the quality of their lives:
- Advocating for increased awareness about issues surrounding prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and living with lung cancer.
- Providing psychological support, which is known to have a positive effect on the quality of life for most people with lung cancer.
- Providing education about the disease and how best to live with it.
The Alliance for Lung Cancer Advocacy Support and Education (ALCASE).
500 W.8th Street
Vacouver. WA 98660
or visit their website at: www.alcase.org