Upon hearing about the symptoms, a health care provider, whether a primary care provider or emergency department clinician, will formulate a list of possible diagnoses. He or she will ask questions about the symptoms; medical and surgical history; smoking and work history; and other questions about lifestyle, overall health, and the medications taken.
Unless severe hemoptysis is occurring, a chest x-ray will most likely be performed first to look for a cause of the respiratory symptoms.
The x-ray film may or may not show an abnormality.
Standard Treatment Options for Patients With Extensive-Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC)
Standard treatment options for patients with extensive-stage SCLC include the following:
Prophylactic cranial irradiation.
Chemotherapy for patients with extensive-stage disease (ED) SCLC is commonly given as a two-drug combination of platinum and etoposide in doses associated with at least moderate toxic effects...