Interventional Pulmonology: Quality of Life
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Improving quality of life during treatment
About 30 percent of lung cancers lead to obstruction of the airway. Some symptoms of an obstruction include wheezing, respiratory failure, and uncontrolled cough.
As a patient at CTCA at Eastern Regional Medical Center (Eastern), if you experience this condition (regardless of the type of cancer you are battling), the pulmonology team will use advanced tools and techniques in interventional pulmonology to help improve your quality of life.
“Here, we try to make it so your daily living is the best it can be. And, if it’s not, then why are we doing it? It’s definitely a patient-based care plan,” says Morrow.
Morrow adds, “A lot of our patients have been told from other facilities basically to go home, that there is nothing else they can do for them. [At CTCA], we don’t give up hope for these patients. Dr. Lund offers regular comfort for late-stage disease. If you stent an airway, the breathing is easier. This increases quality of life tremendously.”
In addition, sometimes the effects of tumor growth, certain cancer treatments, medications, and/or side effects can cause sleep disturbances. Poor sleep can interfere with your ability to tolerate lung cancer treatment. The Sleep Center at Eastern helps treat sleep disorders so you can get the rest you need to fight the disease.
Furthermore, to help you maintain a good quality of life throughout your care, your multidisciplinary care team at Eastern will provide a combination of complementary medicine therapies alongside your conventional treatments.