Please click on any of the links below to learn about various coping strategies:


Coping With Side Effects & Physical Coping Strategies:

  • Handouts & Fact Sheets
  1. Breathlessness in Lung Cancer: Coping with Breathlessness (Roy Castle Cancer Foundation) (handout)

  2. Breathlessness in Lung Cancer: Managing Everyday Activities (Roy Castle Cancer Foundation) (handout)

  3. Coping with Nutrition-Related Consequences of Lung Cancer (handout)

  4. Coping with Hair Loss (Macmillan Cancer Support) (booklet)

  5. Lung Cancer- Non-Small Cell: Coping with Side Effects ( (handout)

  • Booklets
  1. Getting the Air You Need: A Practical Guide to Coping With and Managing Shortness of Breath  (Juravinski Cancer Centre)  (booklet)

  2. Pain Control: Support for People with Cancer (National Cancer Institute) (booklet)

  • Web Pages
  1. Coping with Cancer-Related Weight Changes and Muscle Loss (CancerCare)

  • Video Library
  1. Coping with Digestive Problems from Lung Cancer (Lung Cancer Alliance) (YouTube)         


Emotional & Mental Coping Strategies:

  • Handouts & Fact Sheets
  1. Adult Cancer Survivor: Emotional Concerns (CancerCare) (fact sheet)

  2. Cancer and Your Feelings (Macmillan Cancer Support) (handouts)

  3. Coping with Sadness Throughout and After Treatment (CancerCare) (fact sheet)

  4. Counseling to Better Cope with a Cancer Diagnosis (CancerCare) (fact sheet)

  5. For Patients and Caregivers: Coping and Emotional Support (Lung Cancer Canada) (handouts)

  6. How to Recognize and Change Negative Thought Patterns When You Have Cancer(CancerCare) (fact sheet)

  7. Strengthening the Spirit (CancerCare(fact sheet)

  8. Your Feelings After Cancer Treatment (Macmillan Cancer Support) (handouts)

  • Booklets
  1. Distress in People with Cancer (American Cancer Society) (booklet)

  2. Helping You Cope with the Emotional Effects of Cancer: How Are You Feeling? (Macmillan Cancer Support)  (Living with cancer series booklet)

  3. How Are You Feeling? (Macmillan Cancer Support) (booklet)

  •  Web Pages
  1. Adjustment to Cancer: Anxiety and Distress (PDQ®)–Patient Version (The National Cancer Institute)

  2. Attitudes and Cancer (American Cancer Society)

  3. Coping Checklists for Patients and Caregivers (American Cancer Society)

  4. Coping with a Lung Cancer Diagnosis (Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation)

  5. Coping with Side Effects (American Lung Association)

  6. Coping with Thoughts and Feelings While Living with Cancer (UPMC)

  7. Counseling (

  8. How to Recognize and Change Negative Thought Patterns When You Have Cancer (

  9. Life After Cancer Treatment: Your Feelings (

  10. Lung Cancer Coping and Support (Mayo Clinic) 

  11. Managing Emotions (Cancer.Net)

  12. Staying Positive with Lung Disease (Lung Institute) 

  13. Understanding the Emotions Effects of Lung Cancer (Navigating Lung Cancer)

  • Video Library
  1. Coping With Emotions After Cancer Treatment (LifeWithLungCancer) (YouTube)​

  2. Finding Mental Stability When Coping With Lung Cancer (Patient Power)

  3. Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Coping With Anxiety and Depression - Webinar (Cancer Support Community) (YouTube)

  4. Lung Cancer- Emotions, support and depression (Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation) (YouTube)​

  5. Tips for Working Through the Emotions of Cancer (American Cancer Society) (YouTube)

  • Mental Health Services
  1. American Psychosocial Oncology Society Helpine: 1-866-276-7443 (1-866-APOS-4-HELP) 


Relaxation Techniques:

  • Handouts& Fact Sheets
  1. Difficulty Sleeping: Tips to Relax Before Bedtime (CancerCare) (fact sheet)

  2. Relaxation Techniques (MD Anderson Cancer Center) (Patient Education handout)

  3. Relaxation Techniques and Mind/Body Practices: How They Can Help You Cope with Cancer (CancerCare(fact sheet)  

  • Web Pages
  1. Relaxation for Shortness of Breath (Lung Cancer Canada)


Coping with Stigma:

  • Handouts & Fact Sheets
  1. Coping with Reactions to Your Diagnosis (Lung Cancer Alliance) (brochure)

  • Booklets
  1. Lung Cancer Stigma: How to Cope (Lung Cancer Alliance) (Coping Series, booklet)

  • Web Pages
  1. Overcoming the Stigma of Lung Cancer (Pasadena Cyberknife Center) (blog)

  2. Tips for Dealing with Lung Cancer Stigma (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute)

  • Video Library
  1. Fighting the Stigma of Lung Cancer ( (YouTube)

  2. Frankly Speaking About Lung Cancer: Coping with Stigma, Blame and Shame - Webinar (Cancer Support Community) (YouTube)


Practical & Comprehensive Coping Strategies:

  • Handouts & Fact Sheets
  1. Coping with Lung Cancer (CancerCare(fact sheet, 2016)

  2. Coping With Lung Cancer (CancerCare(fact sheet, 2012)

  3. Coping with Reactions to Your Lung Cancer Diagnosis (Lung Cancer Alliance) (handout)

  4.  Know That You Are Not Alone (Bristol-Myers Squibb) (leaflet)

  5. Living with Lung Cancer: Coping with a Lung Cancer Diagnosis (Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation) (handout)

  6. The Value of Oncology Social Workers (CancerCare) (fact sheet)

  7. What You Can Do (Macmillan Cancer Support) (handouts)

  • Booklets
  1. Coping With Advanced Cancer   (American Cancer Society)  (booklet)

  2. Coping with Advanced Cancer  (Macmillan Cancer Support) (booklet)

  3. Coping with Advanced Cancer (National Cancer Institute) (booklet)

  4. Coping with Cancer in Everyday Life  (American Cancer Society)  (booklet)

  5. Coping With Cancer: Tools to Help You Live  (CancerCare)  (Connect Booklet Series)

  6. Coping with Lung Cancer: The Emotional Journey  (Inspire)  (booklet)

  7. Living With Uncertainty: The Fear of Cancer Recurrence (American Cancer Society) (booklet)

  • Web Pages
  1. Coping with Cancer (Cancer.Net)

  2. Coping With Cancer (National Cancer Institute)

  3. Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis (OncoLink)

  4. Coping with Lung Cancer (CancerCare)

  5. Coping with Lung Cancer (Cancer Research UK)

  6. Coping with Lung Cancer ( 

  7. Coping with a Lung Cancer Diagnosis (Lung Cancer Alliance) 

  8. Lung Cancer Info: Dealing with a Diagnosis (Free to Breathe)

  • Video Library
  1. Ask the Expert: Making Meaning of Your Diagnosis (American Lung Association) (YouTube)

  2. Coping with Family Challenges After a Cancer Diagnosis (Patient Power)

  3. Coping With Lung Cancer (LifeWithLungCancer) (YouTube) 

  4. Coping with Lung Cancer: An Individual Experience (Patient Power)

  5. Coping With Lung Cancer - Coral and Alex's Story (LifeWithLungCancer) (YouTube)

  6. Coping With Lung Cancer Recurrence (LifeWithLungCancer) (YouTube)

  7. Lung Cancer - Coping With Change (Amy Lynn, WhatNext Info) (YouTube)



Interactive Tools & Worksheet Journals:

  1. Think About Your Life: Practical Tools for People on the Cancer Journey (patient workbook)

  2. "Express Your Emotions About Cancer" (Life with Lung Cancer) (interactive web page)

  3. Express Yourself (Life with Lung Cancer) (interactive web page)

  4. The Patient Personal Journal ( (journal worksheets)

  5. Documenting the Journey: A Lung Cancer Patient's Journal (Lung Cancer Initiative) (interactive journal)

  6. "My Plan Worksheet" (Caring Ambassadors Lung Cancer Program) (worksheet)

  7. The Emotional Facts of Life with Cancer: A Guide to Counseling and Support for Patients, Families and Friends (CAPO) (interactive booklet)

  8. About Me (Life with Cancer) (interactive journal)

  9. Skill #1: Good Coping and Mindfulness (interactive booklet)


Online & In-Person Programs:

  1. I Can Cope (American Cancer Society) (free online educational program)

  2. Look Good...Feel Better (





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