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Lung cancer

Support for lung cancer

Taking care of your feelings

Being diagnosed with lung cancer can be frightening, and it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. When you’re ready, it’s important that you feel able to talk about your feelings.

You may find it helpful to talk to friends and family. You can also talk with your cancer nurse specialist. If you need more support, your specialist nurse can help you find a counsellor or psychologist. Some GP practices have a counsellor as part of their team.

If someone close to you has been diagnosed with lung cancer, it’s normal to feel a range of emotions. And it’s important to look after yourself and get support. Macmillan Cancer Support has information on when someone close to you has cancer.

Our helpline and other organisations

Call our helpline on 0300 222 5800 to find out more about lung cancer, ask about medication or simply to talk to someone who cares.

There are other organisations that also offer information and support:

If you’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer you may be entitled to financial support, such as free prescriptions. Take a look at our welfare benefits information.

We have more information about dealing with your mental health when living with a long-term lung condition.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a lung condition and have symptoms that affect your driving, you must tell DVLA.

We have more free information on living with a lung condition which you might find useful.

We use your comments to improve our information. We cannot reply to comments left on this form. If you have health concerns or need clinical advice, call our helpline on 03000 030 555 between 9am and 5pm on a weekday or email them.

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Last medically reviewed: February 2020. Due for review: February 2023

This information uses the best available medical evidence and was produced with the support of people living with lung conditions. Find out how we produce our information. If you’d like to see our references get in touch.