Manage Breathing Difficulties

Experiencing shortness-of-breath or feeling breathless can be one of the most devastating symptoms experienced by someone affected by cancer. It can come and go or be there constantly, but it is unique to you.

When you are short of breath, it is hard to do your regular activities such as getting dressed, cooking a meal, and doing the things that you enjoy. You may also find that you are more tired, worried and anxious.

This series of videos has information that can help you learn about:

  • what you can do to get the most out of your breathing
  • what to do when you are short of breath
  • ways to cope if you are feeling down or anxious

Managing Shortness of Breath: A 5-Part Video Series

  1. Introduction to Abdominal Breathing

  2. Managing an Episode of Acute Shortness of Breath

  3. Changing Positions: Sitting to Standing

  4. Shortness of Breath When Climbing Stairs

  5. Respiratory Muscle Exercises

Additional Resources

Getting the Air You Need: A practical guide to coping with and managing shortness of breath

This resource has information to help you learn about:

  • what you can do to get the most out of your breathing
  • what to do when you are short of breath ways to cope if you are feeling down or anxious

For more information, please read the PDF available from Hamilton Health Sciences Juravinski Cancer Centre.