November was National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, which means that the American Lung Association and many other health organizations are making a special effort to turn public attention to this potentially deadly disease. BrightStar Care of Austin is no exception. If you have a loved one who is struggling with lung cancer or recovering from lung cancer surgery, we want to help you help them. Allow us to present some bits of advice that may prove valuable:
Practice prevention! The only good case of lung cancer is the one that never occurs, so eliminate whatever risk factors you can from your life. Quitting smoking, however difficult it may be, is an essential step, so find a program to help you or your loved ones. Radon gas in the home can also cause lung cancer, so get your residence inspected and perform whatever remediation might be necessary.
Don’t play the blame game. Yes, there’s a stigma associated with this ailment. We all know that smoking frequently leads to lung cancer, and your loved one’s smoking habit may have contributed to the disease. but now is not the time to cast blame. People don’t voluntarily give themselves lung cancer, nor do they “deserve” to have it because of their lifestyle choices. You might be sad or angry over this development, but what you need to be is supportive and helpful.
Get educated. As caregiver you need every scrap of knowledge you can get about the needs of a lung cancer patient, including medication dosages, oxygen supplementation and which symptoms require immediate medical attention. A home health care specialist can prove incredibly useful in this regard. We can supply expert caregivers who already know how to work with such cases. Contact us if you need help.