Lung Cancer Treatment
Lung cancer patients are evaluated through an interdisciplinary clinic.
Surgery is performed if possible to remove the tumor, part of the tumor, and any affected lymph nodes. Pathology from this surgery will help stage the cancer.
Chemotherapy is used to help control metastasis (spreading) of the tumor and is prescribed and monitored by a medical oncologist. Chemotherapy is commonly administered in the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. For some lung cancers, chemotherapy is given during the radiation treatment, resulting in a better effectiveness.
Radiation therapy is commonly administered as fractionated doses for lung cancer patients. This means that patients come to the Department of Radiation Oncology each day (Monday through Friday) for about six to seven weeks, to receive radiation treatments. During that time, patients see a radiation oncologist each week to monitor progress and treatment. The therapists and nurses also monitor patients closely to make sure they don't have any unusual reactions during treatment.
More information on lung cancer and its treatments through the Holden Cancer Center's Cancer Information Service.
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