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posted on 2024-06-17, 07:14 authored by Georgina Whish-WilsonGeorgina Whish-Wilson

And 1 in 20 will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime. Sue was one of those people. She underwent lung surgery, which aimed to cure her cancer. However, like many others, Sue’s recovery didn’t stop after surgery. She suffered from severe ongoing symptoms, and difficulties doing her daily tasks. What if there was an effective treatment shown to help patients like Sue recover from lung surgery, and even reduce their risk of developing lung complications by up to 67%?  And what if that treatment was exercise? You might assume that all these patients would be prescribed exercise. Unfortunately, my research has shown that’s not the case. Very few hospitals offer lung cancer exercise programs, and patients struggle to access the few programs that do exist. This led me to partner with patients like Sue, and other experts, to learn what patients really need, and co-design a new exercise program with real world application, taking us a step closer to a world where people with lung cancer can access the care they deserve. 

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