Support for lung cancer

Being diagnosed with lung cancer can be scary, but there is a lot of help available to you. On this page, find out what further support you can get, and how you can look after yourself. 

Your feelings

Being diagnosed with lung cancer can be scary, and it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. When you’re ready, it’s important to try to talk about your feelings.

You may find it helpful to talk to friends and family. You can also talk with your cancer nurse specialist. If you need more support, your specialist nurse can help you find a counsellor or psychologist.  Some GP practices have a counsellor as part of their team.

We have more information on looking after your mental health.

If someone close to you has been diagnosed with lung cancer, it’s normal to feel a range of emotions. It’s important to look after yourself and get support. Read our information and support for carers.

Practical support

If you’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer you may be entitled to financial support, such as free prescriptions. Take a look at our welfare benefits information.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a lung condition and have symptoms that affect your driving, you must tell DVLA.

We have more information on living with a lung condition which you might find useful.

Our Helpline and online community

Our Helpline is here for everyone affected by a lung condition, including family, friends, and carers. We are here to listen.

For more advice about living with lung cancer call our Helpline on 0300 222 5800, 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday (excluding Bank Holidays). Our friendly team can help answer your questions or worries. You can also email our helpline on

You can join our online community on HealthUnlocked, where people share their stories of living with lung condition in a secure and safe environment.

Other organisations

There are many other charities and organisations that can give you support if you’ve been diagnosed with lung cancer. These include:

Get support

Call or WhatsApp our Helpline for support with your condition. Get advice on your medicines, symptoms or travelling with a lung condition, or just call us to say hello.

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