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Online resources for lung cancer

doi: 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000553282.56837.3b
Department: INFOBYTES

PATIENTS WITH LUNG CANCER will be looking for practical advice and support, so let them know about these online resources. These websites offer current, easy-to-read information and connect patients to support groups available in their area.

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American Lung Association

This site provides comprehensive information about lung cancer, from signs and symptoms and risk factors to diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. A “lung disease lookup” search tool lets visitors research various pulmonary conditions. Visitors to the site can also find information on how to become an advocate for lung health, search for local events, and submit questions to the Lung HelpLine.

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Lung Cancer Alliance

With a mission to provide support for people with lung cancer and lung cancer survivors, the Lung Cancer Alliance offers a database of stories and photos of people living with the disease as well as one-on-one support services, free of charge, by phone or email. Visitors can also submit questions through its “Lung Cancer Questions?” tab. Other features include a comprehensive list of lung cancer resources, suggested questions to ask healthcare providers about the disease, a blog, and news on the latest treatment options and clinical trials.

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National Cancer Institute: Lung Cancer

The National Cancer Institute offers up-to-date information on the prevention, causes, and treatment of lung cancer and the latest methods of cancer detection. It is organized into two versions, one for patients and one for healthcare professionals. Visitors to the site can access public domain multimedia related to lung cancer, including photography, illustrations, video, infographics, and apps.

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Providing professional support services to people with lung cancer, this site offers counseling, education, financial assistance, and practical help. All services are free and provided by oncology social workers. The site is a service of CancerCare, a nonprofit organization that provides free professional support for anyone coping with lung cancer.

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