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  1. Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - Stage Information for NSCLC

    Background In NSCLC,the determination of stage is important in terms of therapeutic and prognostic implications. Careful initial diagnostic evaluation to define the location and to determine the extent of primary and metastatic tumor involvement is critical for the appropriate care of patients. In general,symptoms,physical signs,laboratory findings,or perceived risk of distant metastasis ...

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

  3. Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - General Information About Small Cell Lung Cancer

    Small cell lung cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the lung. The lungs are a pair of cone-shaped breathing organs that are found within the chest. The lungs bring oxygen into the body when breathing in and take out carbon dioxide when breathing out. Each lung has sections called lobes. The left lung has two lobes. The right lung,which is slightly ...

  4. Lung Cancer Prevention (PDQ®): Prevention - Health Professional Information [NCI] - 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. ...

  5. Lung Cancer Prevention (PDQ®): Prevention - Patient Information [NCI] - Lung Cancer Prevention

    The lungs are part of the respiratory system. Their function is to supply oxygen to the blood while removing carbon dioxide. Lung cancer may spread to the lymph nodes or other tissues in the chest (including the other lung). In many cases,lung cancer may also spread to other organs of the body,such as the bones,brain,or liver. Significance of lung cancer Lung cancer is the leading cause ...

  6. Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - Treatment Options for Recurrent Small Cell Lung Cancer

    Treatment of recurrent small cell lung cancer may include the following: Radiation therapy as palliative therapy to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. Chemotherapy as palliative therapy to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. Laser therapy,surgical placement of devices to keep the airways open,and/or internal radiation therapy,as palliative therapy to relieve symptoms and ...

  7. Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - Recurrent Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment

    Standard Treatment Options for Patients With Recurrent Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) Standard treatment options for patients with recurrent SCLC include the following: Chemotherapy. Palliative therapy. At the time of recurrence,many SCLC patients are potential candidates for further therapy. Chemotherapy Although second-line chemotherapy has been shown to produce tumor regression,responses ...

  8. Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - About This PDQ Summary

    PURPOSE OF THIS SUMMARY This PDQ cancer information summary for health professionals provides comprehensive,peer-reviewed,evidence-based information about the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer. It is intended as a resource to inform and assist clinicians who care for cancer patients. It does not provide formal guidelines or recommendations for making health care decisions. REVIEWERS ...

  9. Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - Stages IA and IB NSCLC Treatment

    Standard Treatment Options for Stages IA and IB NSCLCStandard treatment options for stage IA NSCLC and IB NSCLC include the following:Surgery.Radiation therapy.Chemotherapy and radiation therapy have not been shown to improve outcomes in stage I NSCLC that has been completely resected.SurgerySurgery is the treatment of choice for patients with stage I NSCLC. A lobectomy or segmental, wedge, or sleeve resection may be performed as appropriate. Patients with impaired pulmonary function are candidates for segmental or wedge resection of the primary tumor. Careful preoperative assessment of the patient's overall medical condition, especially the patient's pulmonary reserve, is critical in considering the benefits of surgery. The immediate postoperative mortality rate is age related, but a 3% to 5% mortality rate with lobectomy can be expected.[1]Evidence (surgery):The Lung Cancer Study Group conducted a randomized study (LCSG-821) that compared lobectomy

  10. Lung Cancer Screening (PDQ®): Screening - Patient Information [NCI] - General Information About Lung Cancer

    Lung cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the lung. The lungs are a pair of cone-shaped breathing organs inside the chest. The lungs bring oxygen into the body when breathing in and send carbon dioxide out of the body when breathing out. Each lung has sections called lobes. The left lung has two lobes. The right lung,which is slightly larger,has ...

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