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This section is for people who have breathlessness due to cancer or its treatment. You may find it helpful to read it alongside information about your type of cancer| and the treatment| you've had.
There is information on breathing techniques, coping with anxiety, relaxation techniques, treatments and practical tips for everyday life.
Find out more about the way the lungs work
Find out about breathing techniques that can help when you feel breathless
Read about ways to help you cope with anxiety
Learning some basic relaxation techniques can help you control anxiety and breathe more easily
Read tips on how to cope if breathlessness causes problems with eating
Medicines, oxygen treatment and complementary therapies may help to relieve breathlessness
Read advice on coping with a range of emotions when you're living with breathlessness
Find sources and references for the managing breathlessness section
Find out about the causes of breathlessness including pleural effusion, ascites, and chest infections
Find information about the benefits of using a handheld fan to ease breathlessness
Find out about using a Borg scale to help indicate how breathless you are
Read tips on how to manage everyday activities when you are breathless
Read tips about taking it slowly and using lower chest breathing to help with breathlessness when going out
Find information about the effect breathlessness might have on your sex life
Find out who is there to help you and your family manage the problems that breathlessness can cause
For answers, support or just a chat, call the Macmillan Support Line free (Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm).
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