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Understanding Treatment Options

Not all treatments are right for every patient. In addition to the specific characteristics of a patient’s lung cancer, possible options may also depend on an individual patient’s characteristics such as age, general health and physical condition. It’s important for patients and their families to learn about the treatment options that may be right for their specific diagnosis.

Treatment decisions can also be influenced by the patient’s personal goals. Patients should learn as much as they can about their lung cancer and treatment options before they consider the treatment recommendations made by their team of healthcare providers.

If you have lung cancer, your treatment choices may include:

  • Surgery
  • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapy
  • Immunotherapy

Palliative treatments are also sometimes helpful. More than one kind of treatment may be used, depending on the stage of your cancer and other factors. You may have different types of doctors on your treatment team, depending on the stage of your cancer and your treatment options.

A variety of resources are available from leading cancer and lung cancer advocacy organizations that might support families as they transition from diagnosis to treatment. The American Cancer Society offers live support via a toll-free number 1-800-237-2345, Monday – Friday 7 am – 6:30 pm CST.

The Lung Cancer Foundation of America offers a "Lung Cancer Tutor" to help patients navigate following their diagnosis.

The American Cancer Society and LUNGevity outline potential treatment options by type and stage of lung cancer.

The Lung Cancer Alliance also presents information about treatment options at:
http://www.lungcanceralliance.org/what-if-i-am-diagnosed/understanding-treatment-options

The Addario Lung Cancer Foundation offers "Navigating Lung Cancer: 360° of Hope," a patient education handbook available on line, in print and as an APP, providing detailed information on a wide array of patient concerns, including specifics regarding treatments available or undergoing study in clinical trials.

Free to Breathe offers a Personalized Care Plan which may be helpful to record information on a patient’s diagnosis, track treatments and appointments and monitor symptoms. This document is also available in print or may be downloaded here.

 

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