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Will I need other specific treatments to treat non-small-cell lung cancer?

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This depends on how far your cancer has spread. If it has reached your brain, your doctor might suggest surgery or radiation. However, newer ALK inhibitors are helping to reduce this need. Your doctor will prescribe other treatments to keep you as comfortable as possible. These often include:

Be sure to tell your doctor about all your symptoms so you get the right treatments.

  • Medicines to ease your pain, shortness of breath, and other symptoms
  • Procedures to remove fluid buildup from around your lungs to help you breathe better

SOURCES:

Roswell Park Cancer Institute: "Targeting Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase (ALK) Gene in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer."

My Cancer Genome: "ALK in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)."

Genetics Home Reference: "ALK."

Lung Cancer Foundation of America: "What Targeted Therapies Are Currently Available?"

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Genomic Testing."

UpToDate: Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) fusion oncogene positive non-small cell lung cancer.”

American Cancer Society: "Treatment choices by stage for non-small cell lung cancer."

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

Bang, Y.J. October 2012. Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine,

Korpanty, G.J. , 2014. Frontiers in Oncology

UpToDate: “Patient information: Non-small cell lung cancer treatment; stage IV cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

Lab Tests Online. "ALK Mutation (Gene Rearrangement)." 

American Cancer Society: “Cancer Facts & Figures 2015.”

American Cancer Society: “Lung Cancer (Non-Small Cell).”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 06, 2018

SOURCES:

Roswell Park Cancer Institute: "Targeting Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase (ALK) Gene in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer."

My Cancer Genome: "ALK in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)."

Genetics Home Reference: "ALK."

Lung Cancer Foundation of America: "What Targeted Therapies Are Currently Available?"

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Genomic Testing."

UpToDate: Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) fusion oncogene positive non-small cell lung cancer.”

American Cancer Society: "Treatment choices by stage for non-small cell lung cancer."

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

Bang, Y.J. October 2012. Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine,

Korpanty, G.J. , 2014. Frontiers in Oncology

UpToDate: “Patient information: Non-small cell lung cancer treatment; stage IV cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

Lab Tests Online. "ALK Mutation (Gene Rearrangement)." 

American Cancer Society: “Cancer Facts & Figures 2015.”

American Cancer Society: “Lung Cancer (Non-Small Cell).”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 06, 2018

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