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Lung Cancer Treatment

Lung cancer treatment options include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, as well as alternative lung cancer treatments. Understanding these options can help you and your oncologist determine the best lung cancer treatment for you as an individual.
  1. Alternative Treatments (14)
  2. Chemotherapy (6)
  3. Chemotherapy Side Effects (15)
  4. Clinical Trials (8)
  5. Radiation Therapy (5)
  6. Surgery for Lung Cancer (7)
  7. Targeted Therapy (3)

Treatment of Lung Cancer
Depending upon type and stage of your cancer, options may include a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Newer targeted therapies, clinical trials, and complimentary medicine offer additional approaches in treating lung cancer.

Chemotherapy for Lung Cancer
My doctor advised chemotherapy for my lung cancer. Why and how is chemotherapy given? Will I have side effects from chemotherapy? What are some of the medications used for lung cancer? Chemotherapy is used often during lung cancer treatment. It is often used as an adjunct, in addition to surgery, to prolong survival, and to improve the...

Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer
When is radiation therapy recommended for lung cancer? How is it given? What side effects does radiation therapy have? Are there different types of radiation therapy? Radiation therapy is used alone or along with chemotherapy or surgery for many people with lung cancer. Having a basic understanding of radiation therapy can help you play an...

Lung Cancer Treatments - Surgery for Lung Cancer
Surgery for lung cancer can often cure lung cancer in the early stages. Knowing the types of lung cancer surgery, risks involved in surgery, and what to expect before and after lung cancer surgery can help you discuss with your health care team if this is the best option for you.

Clinical Trials for Lung Cancer
What are clinical trials for lung cancer? What are the benefits? What are the risks? Are there different types or phases of clinical trials? How can I find a clinical trial near my home? Having an understanding of what clinical trials entail can help you decide whether an experimental new treatment may be something you wish to consider.

Complementary / Alternative Therapies for Lung Cancer
You may hear about alternative lung cancer treatments if you have been diagnosed with lung cancer. Yoga, meditation, acupuncture, massage -- all have been talked about as being able to help with lung cancer symptoms. While many of these have not been extensively studied, some are considered solid, alternative lung cancer treatments.

Targeted Therapies for Lung Cancer
Currently used primarily for stage 3 and 4 lung cancers, targeted therapies offer new treatment options for advanced lung cancer.

What's New in Lung Cancer Research
Lung cancer research is looking at new ways to screen for, diagnose, and prevent lung cancer. What's new in lung cancer research?

Types of Lung Cancer Surgery
Several types of lung cancer surgery are available. The type of lung cancer surgery, whether a wedge resection, lobectomy, or pneumonectomy will depend on the size and location of your lung cancer, as well as your general health.

Lobectomy as a Treatment for Lung Cancer
A lobectomy is a surgical treatment for lung cancer. What is a lobectomy, what should you know beforehand, and what can you expect after a lobectomy for lung cancer?

Pneumonectomy as a Treatment for Lung Cancer
A pneumonectomy is a type of surgery that may be done for some forms of lung cancer. What is a pneumonectomy, when is it done, and what can I expect before, during, and after my pneumonectomy?

Taste Changes Chemotherapy - Taste Changes During Chemotherapy
Taste changes during chemotherapy affect roughly half of people being treated. What has helped you cope with taste changes during chemotherapy?

Chemotherapy Mouth Sores - Coping With Chemotherapy Mouth Sores
Chemotherapy mouth sores can be painful, and interfere with your ability to eat. What has helped you cope with chemotherapy mouth sores?

Chemotherapy Hair Loss - Stories About Chemotherapy Hair Loss
Chemotherapy hair loss is one of the most dreaded side effects of cancer treatment. How did you cope with chemotherapy hair loss? What tips would you share for others who may experience chemotherapy hair loss? Please share your story.

Lobectomy Complications and Prognosis
What complications might I expect after a lobectomy, and what is the prognosis after a lobectomy?

Recovery After Lobectomy
What can you expect after lobectomy? What will your hospital stay be like, what happens during recovery, and how long can you expect to stay in the hospital after lobectomy?

Your Lobectomy Procedure
What will happen during your lobectomy procedure? How is the lobectomy procedure performed?

Preparing for Your Lobectomy
Preparing for your lobectomy is important in making the procedure as successful as possible. Before your lobectomy, what tests will be done, what questions should you ask, and what can you do to be as healthy as possible before lobectomy surgery?

Definition of Bronchopleural Fistula
A bronchopleural fistula is a complication that can occur following surgery for lung cancer. What is the definition of bronchopleural fistula?

Postpneumonectomy Syndrome
Postpneumonectomy syndrome is a rare complication that can occur months to years following a pneumonectomy. What is postpneumonectomy syndrome?

Lung Cancer Research - What Would You Like to See Happen in Lung Canc…
Lung cancer research is in progress looking at better methods to prevent, screen for, and treat lung cancer. What would you like to see happen in lung cancer research?

Malignant Pleural Effusion
A malignant pleural effusion can occur as a complication of lung cancer. What is a malignant pleural effusion, how is it diagnosed, and how is it treated?

What Is Radiation Pneumonitis?
Radiation pneumonitis can occur as a side effect of radiation therapy for lung cancer. What is radiation pneumonitis?

Coping With Nausea and Vomiting During Chemotherapy
Nausea and Vomiting are dreaded side effects of chemotherapy. What causes nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, which medications are more likely to cause nausea, and what treatments are available?

Bone Marrow Suppression - A Side Effect of Chemotherapy
Bone marrow suppression is a common side effect of chemotherapy. What should you know about bone marrow suppression during chemotherapy?

What Should I Know About Neutropenia During Chemotherapy?
Neutropenia is a common side effect of chemotherapy, and can result in serious infections. What are the symptoms of neutropenia, how is it diagnosed, and how is it treated during chemotherapy?

What Should I Know About Thrombocytopenia (Low Platelets) During Chemotherapy?
Thrombocytopenia (low platelets) can occur as a side effect of chemotherapy. Learn the symptoms, how it is treated, things you can do to cope, and when you should call if you experience this problem.

What Should I Know About Anemia During Chemotherapy?
Anemia is a common side effect of chemotherapy. Knowing the symptoms of anemia, treatment options, and what you can do to cope, can help you understand this often undertreated symptom.

How to Prepare For Lung Cancer Surgery
How can you prepare for lung cancer surgery? What should you do before lung cancer surgery to make it as successful as possible?

What Should You Know About Blood Clots During Lung Cancer Treatment?
Blood clots (deep vein thrombosis or DVTs) are a common and serious complication of lung cancer treatment. What are the symptoms you should watch for, and what can you do to prevent them?

My Doctor Recommended Palliative Chemotherapy - What Does That Mean?
Palliative chemotherapy is often misunderstood by patients. It is chemotherapy meant to improve symptoms and quality of life for those living with cancer, but does not necessarily improve survival. Understanding the goals of palliative chemotherapy, and questions to ask, can help you make the best decision for your own situation.

Clinical Trials - How to Find Clinical Trials for Lung Cancer Treatment
Finding clinical trials for lung cancer can offer options not otherwise available for treatment. Clinical trials -- also known as experimental treatments for lung cancer -- can be found in several databases as well as matching services.

Clinical Trials - Should I Participate in a Clinical Trial?
Is a clinical trial right for you? Do you know the risks and benefits of clinical trials? What questions should you ask about clinical trials? Weighing the risks and benefits and having a list of questions to ask can help you decide if a clinical trial is right for you.

Managing Common Side Effects of Radiation Therapy
Side effects of radiation therapy for lung cancer are common. Managing these side effects can ease some of the symptoms of radiation therapy. Tips for managing skin irritation, fatigue, difficulty swallowing and cough can lessen the the impact of these side effects of radiation therapy during your treatment.

Types and Phases of Clinical Trials
When choosing a clinical trial it is important to be aware of types of trials. Is the trial designed to treat cancer, or to improve quality of life but without extending life? Trials are placed into phases that look at the safety and effectiveness of a drug or treatment from its first use in people to its approval by the FDA.

Side Effects of Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer
Radiation therapy is frequently used with or without chemotherapy and surgery for the treatment of lung cancer. Short-term side effects such as skin irritation, fatigue, and inflammation of the esophagus can occur. Long-term side effects including radiation pneumonitis, pulmonary fibrosis, and secondary cancers should be discussed with your...

Dan's Story - Initial Treatment of Non Small Cell Lung Cancer
A friend's story about the intial stages of choosing treatment for non small cell lung cancer.

What is Complementary and Alternative Medicine?
After a diagnosis of lung cancer, many people turn to complementary or alternative treatments in addition to traditional methods of therapy. About.com's Alternative Medicine Guide, Cathy Wong, gives an overview of some of these alternative healing therapies.

Talking to Your Doctor About Complementary Alternative Medicine
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine offers tips on talking to your healthcare providers about complementary alternative medicine.

Step By Step Visualization
Visualization therapy is a common complementary therapy for those being treated for lung cancer. Visualization can instill a sense of calm and help with relaxation. Many cancer centers are adding complementary therapies such as visualization to their options for cancer patients.

Symptoms and Diagnosis of Lung Cancer Spread to the Brain
Lung cancer that spreads to the brain occurs in almost 40% of people with lung cancer. What are the symptoms and how do doctors diagnose lung cancer that's spread to the brain?

What is the Purpose of Clinical Trials?
The purpose of clinical trials is to find better ways to treat, prevent, and diagnose disease.

What is the p53 Gene?
The p53 gene is often mutated in lung cancer. What is the p53 gene?

Alternative Treatments for Lung Cancer - Experience with Alternative...
We are hearing more about alternative treatments for lung cancer. Some alternative treatments may help with the symptoms of lung cancer. Does...

Lung Cancer Treatment Questions
When people are diagnosed with lung cancer, questions about treatment can be overwhelming. What lung cancer treatment questions were most important to you when you were first diagnosed?

Choosing Your Lung Cancer Treatment
There are many options to consider when choosing lung cancer treatments. What was important to you as you made your choices?

Maintenance Therapy for Lung Cancer
Unlike many cancers, maintenance therapy is a relatively new concept when it comes to lung cancer. What is maintenance therapy and when is it used?

Chemotherapy Port
Are you concerned about what a chemotherapy port is, and what the benefits and risks are for chemotherapy?

Massage for Cancer
Can massage make a difference for people living with cancer? Check out these benefits.

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