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What new lung cancer treatments are available?

Dr. Vijay K. Nuthakki, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon

There are more minimally invasive techniques available to diagnose as well as resect lung cancer. In patients who cannot tolerate having a whole lobe removed, lesser resections may be feasible with placement of brachymesh to reduce local recurrence. There are several new chemotherapy drugs available that target tumors with specific mutations. Stereotactic radiosurgery is also available to provide high dose radiation focused at the tumor. Radiosurgery can play a role in patients who would not tolerate surgery.

Dr. Raja M. Flores, MD
Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Alongside the broad range of standard treatments—surgery, radiation and chemotherapy—to combat cancers at every stage, these pioneering new approaches are available:

  • minimally invasive (VATS) surgery for lung cancer
  • photodynamic therapy
  • laser therapy
  • stenting
  • new highy focused radiation therapy
  • targeted biologic agents
  • clinical trials, including what is now referred to as "targeted therapy"; these include specially designed compounds that attach to specific areas of the abnormal cells to either prevent them from dividing or lead to their death
  • molecular screening and the genetic profiling of tumors

New lung cancer treatments include immunotherapies, chemotherapies based on genetic mutations, specialized radiation therapy specific for lung cancer that accommodates for breathing movement, and a variety of other advancements.

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