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Dana Reeve Dies of Lung Cancer

Reeve, 44, Had Never Smoked; Husband Christopher Died in 2004

Lung Cancer Treatments

Surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation are three tools doctors use to treat lung cancer.

"Lung cancer is treatable if it's caught early," Brooks told WebMD in August. "The best treatment for lung cancer is surgery. If it is not caught early, as it is, unfortunately, in two-thirds of patients, we have made some progress in terms of the use of chemotherapy ... and radiation."

"There are some exciting new molecular-targeted drugs that are helpful, and we're understanding the molecular biology of lung cancer much better today in helping to design more rational treatments," Brooks said. "But unfortunately, the vast majority of people with lung cancer today will die from their disease."

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