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What are the treatments for COPD and lung cancer?

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While there's evidence that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer are linked, their treatments remain separate.

Your doctor may recommend treatments such as anti-inflammatory medication, extra oxygen, and lung surgery for COPD. For cancer, you might get chemotherapy, radiation, and targeted therapy drugs.

We need more research to look at the relationship between the COPD and lung cancer, and the possibility of treatments that might work for both.

One of the most important things you can do if you have COPD, lung cancer, or both, is to stop smoking. That stops further lung and DNA damage. It also lets you breathe easier, boosts your immune system, and helps you fight back against lung cancer.

SOURCES:

CDC.

Lung Cancer: “The relationship between COPD and lung cancer.”

The Application of Clinical Genetics: “Genetic evidence linking lung cancer and COPD: a new perspective.”

Clinical and Translational Medicine: “Inflammation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and its role in cardiovascular disease and lung cancer.”

BMC Cancer: “Effect of COPD on symptoms, quality of life and prognosis in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.”

International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder: “Impact of COPD on prognosis of lung cancer: from a perspective on disease heterogeneity,” “Impact of chemotherapy in the prognosis of non-small-cell lung cancer patients with severe to very severe COPD.”

American Lung Association: “Treating COPD.”

SmokeFree.gov.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 31, 2020

SOURCES:

CDC.

Lung Cancer: “The relationship between COPD and lung cancer.”

The Application of Clinical Genetics: “Genetic evidence linking lung cancer and COPD: a new perspective.”

Clinical and Translational Medicine: “Inflammation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and its role in cardiovascular disease and lung cancer.”

BMC Cancer: “Effect of COPD on symptoms, quality of life and prognosis in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.”

International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder: “Impact of COPD on prognosis of lung cancer: from a perspective on disease heterogeneity,” “Impact of chemotherapy in the prognosis of non-small-cell lung cancer patients with severe to very severe COPD.”

American Lung Association: “Treating COPD.”

SmokeFree.gov.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 31, 2020

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