Each patient’s condition is different and each type of lung cancer requires different treatment. When treating lung cancer, doctors must weigh many factors to determine the best treatment option available.
In the early stage, treatments for lung cancer usually include surgery and a variety of other treatments to fight cancer. These are some of the treatment options that may be recommended:
- Surgery and minimally invasive procedures
- Segmental or wedge resection
- Sleeve resection
- Robotic assisted lobectomy
- Radiation Therapy
- Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
- Targeted therapy (drugs to target cancer cells)
The order of the treatments for lung cancer is often given names. For instance, Neoadjuvant treatment means the patient had radiation and chemotherapy before surgery, and adjuvant treatment means surgery was given before chemotherapy and radiation.
Treating Lung Cancer in Later Stages
Oftentimes, lung cancer cases in the later stages cannot be cured, so treatment goals focus on prolonging life and treating symptoms. Chemotherapy is a proven treatment to prolong life by reducing the cancer’s ability to spread.
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