Coping with your diagnosis
Accepting your diagnosis and adjusting to life with ALK+ mNSCLC is an important process. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed, scared, or angry when you’re first diagnosed. Hear what advice Laura L., Colleen, and Jessica have for people who are newly diagnosed with ALK+ mNSCLC.
Being your own advocate
Being an advocate for yourself is a critical part of your care. Speaking up and asking questions at your doctor’s appointments can help you feel comfortable with your treatment plan. Hear what being your own advocate means to Laura G. and the tips she has to share.
Learning about your options for financial support
If you’re worried about how treatment will affect your life financially, know that there may be support available. Hear how Sandy found financial support after she was prescribed ALECENSA® (alectinib).
Establishing a routine for taking ALECENSA
Taking ALECENSA exactly as your doctor prescribed will help you get the most out of your treatment. There are many ways to incorporate ALECENSA into your daily routine. Hear what Jennifer has to say about finding a routine that works for her.
Consider connecting with other people with ALK+ mNSCLC through support groups available in your area or online. You may find that surrounding yourself with others who share your experience and understand what you’re going through can be enlightening and encouraging. Hear about Sam’s experience connecting with other people who share her diagnosis.
Seeking support when you need it
Living with ALK+ mNSCLC can be emotionally challenging. For many people, a common source of anxiety is the medical scans that monitor how you’re doing on treatment. If you feel comfortable, you could talk about your fears and concerns with your family members or friends. Hear what Lisa has to say about how she finds support for her scan anxiety.
Eating healthy and staying active
Making healthy choices is important—they might help you feel better during your treatment. Eating healthy can help you maintain a healthy weight and get the nutrients you need. In addition to the right diet, physical activity could help improve your physical and emotional health. Hear what Colin has to say about how he made healthy changes to his lifestyle after his diagnosis.
Your emotional wellness is a critical part of living with ALK+ mNSCLC. Keeping a journal about your feelings, frustrations, and experiences may help you cope with the emotional burden that comes with this disease. You may also find yourself asking for more help in your day-to-day life or saying no to things you used to say yes to. Hear how Jennifer practices self-care by guarding her time.