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  • Prehabilitation (prehab) means getting ready for cancer treatment in whatever time you have before it starts. It is a programme of support and advice that covers five particular parts of your health:
  • What you're eating and your weight
  • Breathlessness
  • Physical activity or exercise
  • Smoking
  • Mental wellbeing

Cutting down on alcohol can also help, while you're having treatment, with your recovery, as well as improving your overall health.

It is very common for people with lung conditions to experience loss of appetite and weight. This might be due to the condition itself, the medications you are offered or the feelings associated with your experience.

It is really important to try and maintain a balanced diet with plenty of calories during this time.

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Breathlessness is an unpleasant sensation of uncomfortable, rapid or difficult breathing. People say they feel puffed, short of breath or winded. The medical term is dyspnoea. Your chest may feel tight and breathing may hurt. Everyone can experience breathlessness if they run for a bus or exert themself to an unusual extent.

Improving breathlessness can improve your future cancer treatment options.  Cambridge breathlessness video

Your general health and well-being can be improved by small increases in your daily levels of activity. These small changes can improve your future treatment options.

This might be achieved by walking for a few more minutes every day or by doing chair-based exercises.

Why quit?

Stopping smoking is good for everyone. It’s even more important if you have a pre-existing health condition or a potential lung cancer. Treatment is safer and works better for those who have been able to stop smoking; symptoms and quality of life are also improved by stopping smoking. (Global Lung Cancer Coalition, 2017).

Smoking decreases the level of dopamine (happy hormone) in your brain, if you stop smoking this level will return to normal and there are medications available to help you during the transition period. As well as Nicotine, cigarettes contain many toxic chemicals, these increase the risk of many diseases long-term and smoking during treatment for lung cancer significantly increases the risk of complications, doubling your risk of dying after surgery! This is why it is so important to stop now and we are here to help you.

Help giving up smoking | Help giving up smoking | Stoke-on-Trent

Stop Smoking - Everyone Health Staffordshire

Quit smoking - Better Health - NHS (

Stop smoking – Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

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