Can lung cancer be cured?

Yes. It depends, though, on the type of cancer, its stage and other factors (presence of other diseases, immune system status, correctly prescribed therapy, etc.).
See below. Yes. Patients with early stage lung cancer can be treated with a curative intent. The strategies for treatment in such situations may involve surgery/chemo and/or radiation depending on the clinical situation.
Depends. If the cancer is caught early, before it has spread to other organs, it may be cured by surgical resection.
Yes in theory . Oncologists are very uneasy about using the word cure, especially when talking about lung cancer. That said, certain kinds of lung cancer are in theory curable if detected early enough. Best is to prevent it by avoiding high risk lifestyle choices like smoking.

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Can lung cancer be cured?

Yes. Early stage survival can range from 60% to as high as 90+%. Survival is individual. Depends on cancer type, treatment, and general health at time of diagnosis. Best outcomes are achieved with a multi-discipline thoracic oncology approach. These links may assist you with some general background information: http://goo.Gl/uwomy and http://goo.Gl/mo7uz and http://goo.Gl/ul4di. Read more...
Can be high. Small size, peripheral, squamous cell can be cured. 70-90% at five years depends on cell type- small cell cancer is still a bad actor. Read more...
Absolutely. Stage IA lung cancer that is resected with a lobectomy and lymph node sampling has better than an 80% cure rate. Stage IB, IIA and IIB are also frequently curable. Unfortunately 75% of lung cancers are Stage II (difficult to cure) or IV (incurable) at the time they are diagnosed. Read more...

If lung cancer is found early (still a small nodule,) can it be cured, or can it only be treated. Some sites say that lung cancer can not be cured.

Don't believe. .Everything you read in websites. That's my first advise. Like with any cancer, the earlier you find a lung cancer, the better the chances of a potential cure. Now don't get me wrong, lung cancer stage by stage has a worse prognosis compared to others, let's say breast cancer, and this is complicated by the fact it is seldom found early, so it's best to prevent it. That said, some are cured. Read more...
It can be cured. New guidelines have urged yearly low level ct scans to be done in smokers and smokers that have quit within the last several years. This will hopefully pick up early cancers that can be surgically cured. Read more...

How is lung cancer cured?

Multidisciplinary. . Several specialties are involved with treating a patient with lung cancer. A pulmonologist, oncologist, surgeon, radiation oncologist. Hence, lung cancer is treated and potentially cured by early detection, surgical removal of the tumor and appropriate treatment with chemotherapy and radiation. Not all cancers can be cured but they can be treated. Read more...
Concur. Concur with dr paliotta. Treatment and potential curative treatments will be individualized to each patient and delivered in a multidisciplinary manner. This link may provide further information on treatments. http://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/lung-cancer/treatment. Read more...

How do you cure small cell lung cancer?

You rarely do. Small cell lung cancer is one of two major categories of lung cancer. It is often associated with smoking and is unfortunately often diagnosed too late to achieve a "cure". Rarely, we catch it early and it can be cut out. However, more often it is advanced and treatment options are only chemo tx and radiation. Some patients initially respond to the therapy, but rarely do patients live >5yrs. Read more...
Infrequent. Occasional small, peripheral in lung, surgically removed with clean margins. Most are not that way! Read more...
Rarely is cured. It depends on the stage and if the cancer has spread. Small cell lung carcinoma is usually treated with chemotherapy and radiation. It is one of the most aggressive subtypes of lung cancer. Definitely consult with an oncologist, but patients with small cell should weigh the benefits of participating in treatment offered in clinical trials at university centers. Read more...
Chemotherapy&xrt. As with most cancers the earlier its diagnosed the better the chance 4 cure. If caught before lymph nodes or sites outside of the lung r caught then aggressive ctx/xrt have the ability 2 cure pts. A small stage 1 can b surgically removed &followed by ctx but it offers no benefit over ctx/xrt. Problem with small cell is that it melts away often but it tends 2come back in 1st 2 yrs as well. Read more...
See below. Small cell lung cancer is highly sensitive and responsive to chemotherapy and radiation. However, these tumors tend to relapse almost always within 1 year from treatment; they are often harder to treat when they relapse. Having said that when the disease is localized and limited to the chest at the time of diagnosis, one can treat with a combination of chemo and radiation with an intent to cure. Read more...

What is a good way to cure lung cancer?

Depends. This depends on the stage and performance status of the patients. Most of the time surgery is recommended. However certain early forms of lung cancer and advanced forms of lung cancer can be treated without surgery (ie chemotherapy and/or radiation) Read more...

Can lung cancer thats spread to chest be cured?

Depends . The prognosis of primary lung cancer is determined by the staging which depends on the type of lung cancer (small versus non-small cell). Lung cancer staging has become very specific and can sometimes be pretty complicated. To answer your question (strictly speaking) there are forms of "spread to chest" that can be cured...But to be more accurate your oncologist/surgeon should answer that for you. Read more...
Depends. Lung cancer can go from localized (stage 1) to wide- spread (stage iv). If it goes from involving one lobe only, to more than one lobe, the lymph nodes in the chest, the other lung, the chest wall, or the other structures in the chest, the chances of cure drop significantly. Lung cancer is best treated when it is found early, and the most successful treatment is surgery. Read more...

What is the likelihood for lung cancer to be cured?

Stage and type. Stage 1 survival can range from 60% to as high as 90+%. Survival is individual. Depends on cancer type, treatment, and general health at time of diagnosis. Best outcomes are achieved with a multi-discipline thoracic oncology approach. These links may assist you with some general background information: http://goo.Gl/uwomy and http://goo.Gl/mo7uz and http://goo.Gl/ul4di. Read more...
Can be high. Small size, peripheral, squamous cell can be cured. 70-90% at five years depends on cell type- small cell cancer is still a bad actor. Read more...

Please help! What is the best way to cure lung cancer?

Surgery. All things considered, surgery gives the best results for cure. This is dependent on stage at the time of presentation, with earlier stage cancers more likely to be amenable to complete removal and potential cure. This may be in conjunction with chemotherapy and/or radiation, either before or after surgery. Read more...

What to do if I don't have lung cancer but I am asking in general. Do you think that it can be cured?

Yes. Early stage survival can range from 60% to as high as 90+%. Survival is individual. Depends on cancer type, treatment, and general health at time of diagnosis. Best outcomes are achieved with a multi-discipline thoracic oncology approach. These links may assist you with some general background information: http://goo.Gl/uwomy and http://goo.Gl/mo7uz and http://goo.Gl/ul4di. Read more...
Yes, depends. Small size, peripheral, squamous cell can be cured. 70-90% at five years depends on cell type- small cell cancer is still a bad actor. Rarely some other cell types are cured. Read more...