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What are the treatments for stage IV non-small-cell lung cancer?

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Your doctor will likely use a combination of treatments for stage IV of non-small-cell lung cancer. Your plan may include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted drugs
  • Immunotherapy
  • Laser therapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Drainage of fluid around your lungs and heart

SOURCES:

Cancer Metastasis Reviews : "Progression and Metastasis of Lung Cancer."

Chest : "Treatment of Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer."

American Cancer Society: "Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Signs and Symptoms," "Tests Used on Biopsy and Cytology Specimens to Diagnose Cancer," "Treating Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer," "Immunotherapy for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer."

Mayo Clinic: "Lung Cancer."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Am I a Candidate for Lung Transplant?"

American Lung Association: "Supportive (Palliative) Care for Lung Cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 28, 2019

SOURCES:

Cancer Metastasis Reviews : "Progression and Metastasis of Lung Cancer."

Chest : "Treatment of Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer."

American Cancer Society: "Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Signs and Symptoms," "Tests Used on Biopsy and Cytology Specimens to Diagnose Cancer," "Treating Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer," "Immunotherapy for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer."

Mayo Clinic: "Lung Cancer."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Am I a Candidate for Lung Transplant?"

American Lung Association: "Supportive (Palliative) Care for Lung Cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 28, 2019

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