Lung Cancer: How to Breathe Better?

Lung cancer and its treatments can affect your day-to-day life in different ways. Here are a few ways to make living with the disease a little easier.

Help yourself breathe.

Sometimes it might be hard to breathe. It might be easier when you sit, stand, or lie down in different positions. According to WebMD, you can try some of these:

  • Sit up very straight, lean forward, and rest your elbows on the arms of the chair or your knees.
  • Lie on your side with three or four pillows under your upper body, from the waist up.
  • Stand and lean forward with your hands on a desk or table.
  • Stand and lean back with your shoulders against a wall.

Breathing exercises can help, too. Try belly breathing or pursed-lip breathing:

  • Belly breathing uses the muscle just below your breastbone, called the diaphragm. Lie on your back and put a book on your stomach. Try to make the book rise and fall as you breathe.
  • Pursed-lip breathing can also help. Press your lips together like you’re about to whistle. Breathe in through your nose. Take twice as long to breathe out through the center of your lips.