During the course of lung cancer treatment, or when treatment options are not likely to lead to a cure, physicians may recommend supportive care for patients, rather than putting their bodies through harsh treatments that will likely do more harm than good. Supportive care may include treating signs and symptoms of lung cancer with the goal of making patients feel more comfortable and improving their quality of life.
Although supportive care is not done to cure cancer, it does allow patients to make the most of their final weeks or months without enduring the sometimes painful side effects of treatment that often have a negative impact on their quality of life.
If you are concerned about lung cancer or other lung diseases, please contact your physician to discuss ways to reduce your risk and whether or not you should be screened for cancer. If you do not have a physician, you may request a first time appointment with a member of our thoracic oncology team by calling 312-695-3800 or call our Physician Referral Service at 1-877-926-4664. You may also request a first time appointment online.