Treatment for lung cancer is different for each affected person and is based on the patient's age, health status, and stage/type of cancer. Treatment regimens might include medications (including chemotherapy) and radiation to kill abnormal cells, surgery to remove tumors, or a combination of these. Supportive care, such as pain management, can be used to keep you as comfortable as possible if you decide you don't want treatment.
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Standard therapies for lung cancer typically include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
In recent years, a number of innovative therapies have greatly improved the treatment of lung cancer. New anticancer drugs, better staging and imaging techniques, new surgical procedures, and combined approaches have shown promise in the treatment of these cancers.
There are generally three main treatment options for lung cancer: surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy.
Usually, the first step is to determine whether a person with lung cancer can have surgery. A person might not be a candidate for surgery if they are too ill (for example, they have a very bad heart) or if the tumor is too big to be removed.
If they have surgery, then depending on the results, a patient might have chemotherapy or radiation therapy in addition to the surgery to help with the cure.
If surgery is not possible, then typically a combination of radiation and chemotherapy is used to treat the disease.
If the tumor has spread outside of the lung (Stage 4 or metastatic disease), then usually chemotherapy is the main treatment option.