Autumn can pose unique challenges for lung cancer patients

Oct 24, 2022 | Mesothelioma

If you are a lung cancer sufferer from mesothelioma or other asbestos-related conditions, all four seasons of the year present different health concerns for you and your well-being.

This blog focuses on the health concerns you can face during mid-autumn – from now until Thanksgiving.

Burning leaves and bonfires

From your neighbors’ raking and burning the leaves from their trees to the convivial bonfires during hopefully triumphant homecoming celebrations, in the fall, it seems like something is always on fire. The smoke these fires produce aggravates the symptoms of your environmentally induced condition. Staying indoors with windows closed may reduce the duration and intensity of the effects.

Weather changes and cold fronts

Those living with chronic lung diseases experience changes in the weather differently than healthy folks. When the air gets colder and drier, as it does when a front moves through Missouri, it’s much harder for lung cancer patients to breathe.

They may have extra reliance now on portable oxygen tanks as they become short of breath more easily, e.g., walking into stores and doctors’ offices. They might wheeze more and have a dry cough.

Be proactive about protecting yourself

Do all that you can to minimize or eliminate the adverse effects autumn has on your mesothelioma-related lung cancer. Stay inside where it’s warm as much as possible. Use a humidifier in your home. Use scarves and masks to cover your mouth and nose when you must go outside and do all your exercising indoors now.

Share your medical concerns

If your condition changes or worsens, make sure to communicate this to your doctor. Similarly, if you are pursuing a claim against those who are responsible for your condition, medical changes need to be reflected in the medical records reviewed by your legal team and the courts.

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