The goal of the 2-part lung cancer treatment program is cure1, 2
Immunotherapy improves the chances that you your body will launch a strong response to the cancer and may even lead to a cure in some patients.
Patients who have already received immunotherapy treatment with durvalumab reported that they had a better sense of well-being, were more independent and had less stress and were able to engage more with their families and loved ones.
Staying on Track with Your Treatment
Below are tips to help you stay on track.
- Use a calendar to record treatment sessions or other medical appointments
- Add family, community, and work-related events to your calendar
- If there are times of day or days of the week that would work better for you, make sure you share that information with your care team so that your schedule will accommodate those preferences whenever possible.
- Find a friend, family member, neighbor, or other support person to go with you to your appointments
- Tell your family, friends, and co-workers what your treatment schedule will be, and ask for help when you need it
- Hire help at home if at all possible
- Ask your boss if you can arrange your schedule so you can work more on non-treatment days and take time off for treatment and recovery
- Seek out other sources of assistance and help if needed
- If you have questions about your treatment, ask your doctor or nurse
- Ask for help with any emotional distress or depression
- Join a support group or ask to be matched with another survivor
- Take an active role in managing your health on a day-to-day basis
There are many reasons why some people may not be able to stick with their treatment plan. For example, they may have difficulty getting to and from the treatment centre or they may be feeling a little bit down about their diagnosis and treatment. If you having trouble sticking to your treatment plan, you are not alone – these are common problems.
It is important to take control of your own health. It does not mean doing everything on your own. However it means taking an active role in managing your health on a day-to-day basis, working together with your doctors and nurses.
This includes doing things that will improve your health, such as doing more physical activity and changing your diet. It also includes things you do to look after your lung cancer, such as taking your medicines and attending your appointments – and letting your doctor or nurse know if you notice any changes.
Completing the full 2-part of your lung cancer treatment program with chemoradiation + immunotherapy is your best chance for a cure. Completing the treatment program will give you more time, and importantly, more time with your loved ones. What other milestones, other events or activities that you are looking forward to?
For additional resources on treatment monitoring as you continue your treatment, please click on the image below to access the CIOSK Patient Monitoring Questionnaire.
Patient Monitoring Questionnaire
What Comes Next?
Your medical oncologist/healthcare team will continue to follow up with you to monitor how well you are doing after treatment.