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  1. Stage IV NSCLC Treatment

    Forty percent of patients with newly diagnosed NSCLC have stage IV disease. Treatment goals are to prolong survival and control disease-related symptoms. Treatment options include cytotoxic chemotherapy and targeted agents. Factors influencing treatment selection include comorbidity,performance status (PS),histology,and molecular genetic features of the cancer. Radiation therapy and ...

  2. Recurrent Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

    Recurrent non-small cell lung cancer is cancer that has recurred (come back) after it has been treated. The cancer may come back in the brain,lung,or other parts of the body. ...

  3. Questions or Comments About This Summary

    If you have questions or comments about this summary,please send them to Cancer.gov through the Web site’s Contact Form. We can respond only to email messages written in English. ...

  4. Stage IIIA NSCLC Treatment

    Patients with stage IIIA NSCLC are a heterogenous group. Patients may have metastases to ipsilateral mediastinal nodes,potentially resectable T3 tumors invading chest wall,or mediastinal involvement with metastases to peribronchial or hilar lymph nodes (N1). Presentations of disease range from resectable tumors with microscopic metastases to lymph nodes to unresectable,bulky disease ...

  5. Extensive-Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment

    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: Combination chemotherapy. Radiation therapy. Prophylactic cranial irradiation. Combination chemotherapy Chemotherapy for patients with extensive-stage disease (ED) SCLC is commonly given as a two-drug combination of ...

  6. Treatment Option Overview for Small Cell Lung Cancer

    Chemotherapy and radiation therapy have been shown to improve survival for patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC). Chemotherapy Chemotherapy improves the survival of patients with limited-stage disease (LD) or extensive-stage disease (ED),but it is curative in only a minority of patients.[ 1,2 ] Because patients with SCLC tend to develop distant metastases,localized forms of treatment,...

  7. Recurrent Malignant Mesothelioma

    Treatment of recurrent mesothelioma usually utilizes procedures and/or agents not previously employed in the initial treatment attempt. No standard treatment approaches have been proven to improve survival or control symptoms for a prolonged period of time. These patients should be considered candidates for phase I and II clinical trials evaluating new biologicals,chemotherapeutic agents,or ...

  8. Questions or Comments About This Summary

    If you have questions or comments about this summary,please send them to Cancer.gov through the Web site’s Contact Form. We can respond only to email messages written in English. ...

  9. Stage Information for Small Cell Lung Cancer

    Staging procedures for small cell lung cancer (SCLC) are important in distinguishing patients with disease limited to their thorax from those with distant metastases. Determining the stage of cancer allows an assessment of prognosis and a determination of treatment,particularly when chest radiation therapy or surgical excision is added to chemotherapy for patients with limited-stage disease ...

  10. Lung Cancer Screening

    Tests are used to screen for different types of cancer. Some screening tests are used because they have been shown to be helpful both in finding cancers early and decreasing the chance of dying from these cancers. Other tests are used because they have been shown to find cancer in some people; however,it has not been proven in clinical trials that use of these tests will decrease the risk of ...

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