What are the treatment options for lung cancer?

Treatment options available typically use one or a combination of methods to treat lung cancer and its symptoms. Treatment options include:
  • Wedge resection surgery removes a small section of the lung that contains the tumor and a margin of health tissue. 
  • Segmental resection surgery removes a larger portion of the lung.
  • Lobectomy removes the entire lobe of one lung.
  • Pneumoenctomy removes an entire lung.
  • Sleeve resection surgery removes a piece of bronchus, after which the lung is reattached to the remaining part of the bronchus. 
Chemotherapy refers to the use of chemical agents whose main effect is either to kill or slow the reproduction of rapidly multiplying cancer cells. This results in the tumor shrinkage or cancer cell death. Chemotherapy treatment for lung cancer usually involves two or more chemotherapy drugs used in combination. Drugs can be delivered through a vein in your arm (intravenously), or they can be taken orally
Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy damages the DNA of cancer cells by the use of high-energy beams to destroy cancer cells. It may be an alternative to surgery or used in combination with surgery or chemotherapy. Radiation therapy can be delivered by:
  • External beam radiation, where radiation is directed at the lung cancer from outside the body. 
  • Brachytherapy, where radiation can be put inside needles, seeds or catheters and are placed inside the body near the cancer.
  • Stereotactic body radiotherapy, where the radiation aims many beams from different angles at the lung cancer. 
Targeted drug therapy
Targeted drug therapy works by targeting specific abnormalities in cancer cells. This form of treatment is often combined with chemotherapy drugs. 
lung cancer treatment

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