There are a number of side effects that lung cancer patients have to face, including nausea, diarrhea, and fatigue. Fatigue is one that is harder to combat because it can affect every aspect of your life. For many people it is hard to function and do basic activities like dressing, cleaning, and eating. The good news is that there are a few things that a lung cancer patient can do get more energy and fight fatigue.
In the spring of 2016, I signed up for my first indoor triathlon. I was 36 at the time, and I had set a goal earlier that year to be at my healthiest and fittest when I turned 40. I have two little ones, who were 5 and 7. I wasn’t just doing this for myself but for them as well. I want to live a long healthy life so I can be around to watch them grow up. I want to be able to stay active with them and enjoy exploring life together.
Usually I'm able to write my column because something is on my mind, or at least percolating in there somewhere. At the moment, nothing is on my mind or even remotely percolating. The reason for this lack of percolation is that as of Saturday, eight days after my last chemotherapy infusion, I still haven't been able to think clearly in my mind - or out of it, because I've spent the past week wallowing in it.
The use of dietary supplements during cancer treatment can be a confusing topic for lung cancer patients. With conflicting information on the Internet, as well as advice from family members and friends, it can be hard for patients to decipher what is beneficial for them and what could be harmful. Many supplements have misleading claims, as well as hard to pronounce ingredients that can make it impossible to know what you are actually getting.
LUNGevity kicks off Lung Cancer HOPE Month (May) each year with the largest gathering of lung cancer patients and lung cancer caregivers in the country at our National HOPE Summit conference. This year our event was held April 27-29, and it did not disappoint!
This conference is a one-of-a-kind lung cancer survivorship weekend for newly diagnosed patients to seasoned survivor-advocates. We also hold an advocates meeting and a COPE Summit track for lung cancer caregivers to provide advocacy opportunities, best practices, caregiving resources, and psychosocial and peer support.
Though I immerse you regular readers in the excruciating details of my cancer-affected life, rarely do I bombard unsuspecting conversationalists who unknowingly yet sincerely wander into territory with which many of you are intimately detailed. Not that I don't have stories to tell, and/or perhaps even unsolicited advice to offer; generally speaking, if I can avoid it, I don't want to drag the conversation into a cancer-centric black hole.
When you are undergoing lung cancer treatment, it can be difficult to figure out what foods to eat and what foods you are going to tolerate. With treatment side effects like nausea, diarrhea, and lack of taste, coupled with a decreased appetite, mealtime can be an overwhelming experience. It is even tougher if you follow a restrictive diet, such vegetarian, vegan, or gluten free. As overwhelming as it can be, nutrition is a crucial part of success during treatment. Preventing weight loss and malnutrition can help you get through treatment with fewer side effects and treatment breaks.
This sounds so cliché, but in this case so true; Chip was a friend that everyone wanted. He was there when you needed him, reeled you in when you got out of hand, but most importantly made you laugh when you needed it most.
Chip Kennett (right) with his wife, Sheila, and their kids Joe and Crosby in 2015.
Many cancer patients experience weight loss during cancer treatment. It can be a result of the cancer itself or nutrition related side effects that affect your food intake, such as nausea, taste changes, and decreased appetite. Weight loss during treatment is linked to more hospitalizations, delays in treatment, and malnutrition. A common concern for caregivers and patients alike is how to promote weight gain in a healthy way.
Today marks the 10-year anniversary of my mother’s death from lung cancer and the 10-year anniversary of my becoming a patient advocate. I got involved with lung cancer patient advocacy to help ensure that other people and families did not suffer the same fate as my mother and our family did.