Breathlessness Clinic

The Breathlessness Clinic is a completely free and confidential service which runs from Vine House on Wednesdays, and is available to anyone who has been diagnosed with Lung cancer or secondary spread.

Clients are offered four 1-on-1 sessions with our fully qualified Physiotherapist. An assessment will be carried out to identify each individuals needs, and over the course of the following sessions, clients will be taught a variety of exercises, techniques and non-pharmacological coping strategies to help manage their symptoms of breathlessness and anxiety.

Attending the Breathlessness Clinic can help empower those suffering with Lung cancer by giving back some control in what can be an extremely difficult and distressing time.

Please do not hesitate to contact Vine House on 01772 793344 if you are interested in finding out more. You can also call us to book an appointment at the Breathlessness Clinic for yourself, a family member or a friend.

 

In addition, below are some external links which you may find helpful:

Breathing control for breathlessness – Cancer Research UK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmBanu2UHKk

This technique is also known as diaphragmatic or abdominal breathing. It is a technique we teach at the Breathlessness Clinic to encourage our clients to breathe in a more efficient way. Initially, we advise clients to practice this technique when they are not feeling short of breath, i.e. at rest, so that their shoulders and upper chest are as relaxed as possible, thus allowing the diaphragm muscle to become more involved in the breathing process.

 

Active Cycle of Breathing Technique (ACBT) NHS University hospitals Plymouth Physiotherapy –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvorhwGZGm8

Active cycle of breathing technique (ACBT) can be used if you need assistance clearing respiratory secretions – it combines different breathing techniques that help clear mucus from the lungs in three phases. The first phase helps you relax your airways. The second phase helps you to get air behind any mucus that may be present and shift it towards the central airways. The third phase helps force the mucus out of your lungs. Effective secretion management can help reduce the risk of chest infections.

 

Addenbrooke’s hospitals Breathlessness intervention service – patient information:

https://www.cuh.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/patient-information-and-consent-forms?tid_1=103

Addenbrooke’s hospitals Breathlessness intervention service provide information and resources which can be found if you click on the link attached and scroll down the page to find various PDFs which you may find useful. We use some of these leaflets as handouts at the Breathlessness Clinic to supplement the 1-on-1 help and support we offer our service users.