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    1. Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - Treatment Options for Recurrent Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

      Treatment of recurrent non-small cell lung cancer may include the following:External radiation therapy as palliative therapy, to relieve pain and other symptoms and improve the quality of life.Chemotherapy.Targeted therapy with a tyrosine kinase inhibitor.Laser therapy or internal radiation therapy using an endoscope.Radiosurgery (for certain patients who cannot have surgery).Surgery to remove a very small amount of cancer that has spread to the brain.Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with recurrent non-small cell lung cancer. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

    2. Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - nci_ncicdr0000062895-nci-header

      This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at or call 1-800-4-CANCER.Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment

    3. Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - Stage Information for Malignant Mesothelioma

      Patients with stage I disease have a significantly better prognosis than those with more advanced stages. Because of the relative rarity of this disease, exact survival information based upon stage is limited.[1]Definitions of TNMThe American Joint Committee on Cancer has designated staging by TNM classification to define malignant mesothelioma.[2]International Mesothelioma Interest Group Staging System for Diffuse Malignant Pleural MesotheliomaTable 1. Primary Tumor (T)aa Reprinted with permission from AJCC: Pleural mesothelioma. In: Edge SB, Byrd DR, Compton CC, et al., eds.: AJCC Cancer Staging Manual. 7th ed. New York, NY: Springer, 2010, pp 271-7.TXPrimary tumor cannot be assessed.T0No evidence of primary tumor.T1Tumor limited to the ipsilateral parietal pleura with or without mediastinal pleura and with or without diaphragmatic pleural involvement.T1aNo involvement of the visceral pleura.T1bTumor also involving the visceral pleura.T2Tumor involving each of the ipsilateral

    4. Malignant Mesothelioma Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - Localized Malignant Mesothelioma (Stage I)

      Standard treatment options:[1] Solitary mesotheliomas: Surgical resection en bloc including contiguous structures to ensure wide disease-free margins. Sessile polypoid lesions should be treated with surgical resection to ensure maximal potential for cure.[2] Intracavitary mesothelioma:Palliative surgery (i.e., pleurectomy and decortication) with or without postoperative radiation therapy.Extrapleural pneumonectomy.Palliative radiation therapy.Treatment options under clinical evaluation: Intracavitary chemotherapy following resection.[3,4]Multimodality therapy.[4,5,6]Other clinical trials.Current Clinical TrialsCheck for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with localized malignant mesothelioma. The list of clinical trials can be further narrowed by location, drug, intervention, and other criteria.General information about clinical trials is also available from the NCI Web site.References: Antman KH, Li FP, Osteen R, et al.:

    5. Understanding Lung Cancer -- Prevention

      Can I prevent lung cancer? Find out now.

    6. Understanding Lung Cancer -- the Basics

      Get the basics on lung cancer from the experts at WebMD.

    7. Understanding Lung Cancer -- Symptoms

      Learn about the symptoms of lung cancer.

    8. Lung Cancer - Prevention

      Learn about lung cancer, risk factors, and how to reduce risks.

    9. Lung Cancer - Symptoms

      You may not have any symptoms of lung cancer, or you may have symptoms such as a cough or shortness of breath that you think are related to a respiratory illness.

    10. Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - Topic Overview

      Learn about lung cancer -- what it is, how it develops, and about quitting smoking to reduce risk.

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