Patients with lung cancer experiencing shortness of breath can in turn, start to have a dangerously low blood oxygen level. A low blood oxygen level will further cause complications and make you feel even worse. If you have a good chance of survival, further complications from shortness of breath that usually goes along with lung cancer is definitely something that needs to be treated.
Your doctor might determine that you need to use oxygen therapy, if your blood oxygen level is below where it should be. This would be diagnosed with a few tests, including a blood test. By looking at the results, he or she will be able to write a prescription for how much oxygen you need to be getting, how often, and during which daily activities or specific times of the day you will need to use it.
Depending on the dosage of oxygen you need, you might be able to get a portable oxygen concentrator that will meet those needs. While you are being treated for a low blood oxygen level due to lung cancer, you will need to be traveling back and forth to doctor appointments and doing some walking.
If you have lung cancer, it's very likely that just walking to and from the car can cause shortness of breath. You might even be having a hard time breathing for a while after you've sat down. This is mostly likely when you will need to use your portable oxygen concentrator. If you are sitting in a waiting room, or if you've walked in the house after coming home from an appointment, you won't need to worry about where you will need to stay seated to receive the oxygen therapy.
The great thing about treating low blood oxygen due to lung cancer with a portable model, is being able to move around without worrying about shortness of breath. You'll be able to conserve battery power and give it a charge up while you are sitting still by plugging it into a power source, or you can go about your day on the portable oxygen concentrator's battery power. This will not only give you a great sense of relief and freedom, but you'll be getting the oxygen your body needs to recover, or at least feel better than you would have otherwise.
Not receiving enough oxygen, especially while you are sick, isn't just dangerous. You will begin to feel fatigued and weak, suffering from headaches and body aches. You also won't be able to fight back against the cancer if you have a chance to recover, which many people do, if the lung cancer was caught in an early stage. If not, at least you will be able to live out the rest of your days feeling better, without the symptoms of not receiving enough oxygen.
Of course, you should always follow your doctor's prescription and never change the setting on your portable oxygen concentrator, from your prescribed dosage setting. You should also use it only for the amount of time each day prescribed by your doctor. Oxygen is considered a medication, which is why you need a prescription to get one of our oxygen concentrators, and it should be treated as such.