Skip to content

    Lung Cancer Health Center

    Select An Article

    Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer: Treatment by Stage

    Font Size
    A
    A
    A

    Occult Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

    Treatment of occult non-small cell lung cancer depends on where the cancer has spread. It can usually be cured by surgery.

    Stage 0 Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

    Treatment of stage 0 non-small cell lung cancer may include the following:  

    • Surgery (wedge resection or segmental resection).
    • Photodynamic therapy using an endoscope.
    • Electrocautery, cryosurgery or laser surgery using an endoscope

    Stage I Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

    Treatment of stage I non-small cell lung cancer may include the following:  

    • Surgery (wedge resection, segmental resection, or lobectomy).
    • External radiation therapy (for patients who cannot have surgery or choose not to have surgery).
    • Surgery followed by chemotherapy.
    • A clinical trial of photodynamic therapy using an endoscope.
    • A clinical trial of surgery followed by chemoprevention.

    This summary section refers to specific treatments under study in clinical trials, but it may not mention every new treatment being studied. Information about ongoing clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

    Stage II Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

    Treatment of stage II non-small cell lung cancer may include the following:

    • Surgery (wedge resection, segmental resection, lobectomy, or pneumonectomy).
    • External radiation therapy (for patients who cannot have surgery or choose not to have surgery).
    • Surgery followed by chemotherapy, with or without other treatments.
    • A clinical trial of external radiation therapy following surgery.

    This summary section refers to specific treatments under study in clinical trials, but it may not mention every new treatment being studied. Information about ongoing clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

    Next Article:

    Today on WebMD

    Xray analysis
    Do you know the myths from the facts?
    chest x-ray
    Get to know them.
     
    woman taking pills
    Tips to managing them.
    Lung cancer xray
    See it in pictures, plus read the facts.
     
    Lung Cancer Risks Myths and Facts
    SLIDESHOW
    Woman getting ct scan
    Article
     
    Improving Lung Cancer Survival Targeted Therapy
    VIDEO
    cancer fighting foods
    Article
     
    Lung Cancer Surprising Differences Between Sexes
    VIDEO
    Pets Improve Your Health
    SLIDESHOW
     
    Vitamin D
    SLIDESHOW
    Lung Cancer Surgery Options
    VIDEO