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What is the treatment for small cell lung cancer?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Small cell lung ca
In limited disease, tx would be combination chemo and radiation .
In a very limited case, surgery can be done if size is very small, absolutely no spreading to any area/adjacent lymp glands etc. Prophylactic radiation to brain is recommended. In extensive disease, chemo will be the tx.Palliative radiation as needed. For chemo responder, prophylactic radiation to brain can increase survival. D/w md.

In brief: Small cell lung ca
In limited disease, tx would be combination chemo and radiation .
In a very limited case, surgery can be done if size is very small, absolutely no spreading to any area/adjacent lymp glands etc. Prophylactic radiation to brain is recommended. In extensive disease, chemo will be the tx.Palliative radiation as needed. For chemo responder, prophylactic radiation to brain can increase survival. D/w md.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: Depends on stage
For stage i and ii lung cancer, the standard of care upfront therapy is surgery.
Chemotherapy afterwards if there is tumor in the lymph nodes. For stage iiia, upfront chemoradiotherapy followed by surgery or definitive chemoradiotherapy alone. For stage iiib or iv, chemotherapy +/- surgery, although there are exceptions to every rule. Cancer.Gov.

In brief: Depends on stage
For stage i and ii lung cancer, the standard of care upfront therapy is surgery.
Chemotherapy afterwards if there is tumor in the lymph nodes. For stage iiia, upfront chemoradiotherapy followed by surgery or definitive chemoradiotherapy alone. For stage iiib or iv, chemotherapy +/- surgery, although there are exceptions to every rule. Cancer.Gov.
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. David Cooke
Sorry, the above comment is for NON SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER and not SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: Chemo/Rad, occ. surg
If small and peripheral, lobectomy+ chemo.
Otherwise chemotherapy often platinum based and radiation.

In brief: Chemo/Rad, occ. surg
If small and peripheral, lobectomy+ chemo.
Otherwise chemotherapy often platinum based and radiation.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Limited Disease
Worked up, confined to chest): chemoradiotherapy, the earlier the better, followed by brain radiotherapy in all responders.
For extensive disease, disease proven outside the chest: chemotherapy: brain radiotherapy to all responders, regardless of residual in chest.

In brief: Limited Disease
Worked up, confined to chest): chemoradiotherapy, the earlier the better, followed by brain radiotherapy in all responders.
For extensive disease, disease proven outside the chest: chemotherapy: brain radiotherapy to all responders, regardless of residual in chest.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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