Being diagnosed with lung cancer and navigating the complexities of the health system can be stressful, confusing and overwhelming for patients and their families.
Research indicates that 50% of Australians living with lung cancer experience distress, anxiety and/or depression. However, only one in two patients have access to a multidisciplinary team to support them in accessing best-practice treatment, care and support.
Lung Foundation Australia’s free Lung Cancer Support Nurse telephone service aims to bridge the gap in lung cancer care and provide an additional layer of support to the care provided by health professionals. The national service provides patients with evidence-based resources, tools and information to help them navigate their diagnosis and treatment, and manage symptoms, side effects and their overall wellbeing. Through a series of telephone-based appointments, the service empowers patients, families and carers to navigate the system and work with their healthcare team to make informed choices about treatment and management.