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How does chemotherapy work against lung cancer?

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These drugs attack cells that divide quickly, which is why they work against cancer cells. However, some healthy cells also do this, like those in your hair follicles, bone marrow, and the lining of your mouth and intestines. Chemo attacks them, too, and that leads to certain side effects. They depend on the type and dose of drugs you get and the length of time you take them.

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American Cancer Society: “Getting Help for Nausea and Vomiting.”

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine: “A Patient’s Guide to Lung Surgery.”

Lung Cancer Alliance: “Hair Loss.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Blood Clotting: Thrombosis.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Thoracic Surgery -- After Your Lung Surgery Patient Education -- Discharge Information.”

American Cancer Society: “Diarrhea.”

LungCancer.org: “Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Constipation.”

LungCancer.org: “Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Fatigue.”

American Cancer Society: “Infection in People With Cancer.”

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American Cancer Society: “Targeted therapies for non-small cell lung cancer.”

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National Cancer Institute: ‘FDA Approves First Immunotherapy Treatment for Lung Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 11, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Surgery for non-small cell lung cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Chemotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Getting Help for Nausea and Vomiting.”

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine: “A Patient’s Guide to Lung Surgery.”

Lung Cancer Alliance: “Hair Loss.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Blood Clotting: Thrombosis.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Thoracic Surgery -- After Your Lung Surgery Patient Education -- Discharge Information.”

American Cancer Society: “Diarrhea.”

LungCancer.org: “Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Constipation.”

LungCancer.org: “Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects: Fatigue.”

American Cancer Society: “Infection in People With Cancer.”

Radiological Society of North America: “Lung Cancer Treatment.”

American Cancer Society: “Targeted therapies for non-small cell lung cancer.”

Garrido-Castro, C. April 2013.  Translational Lung Cancer Research,

National Cancer Institute: ‘FDA Approves First Immunotherapy Treatment for Lung Cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 11, 2018

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