Is photodynamic therapy an effective treatment for lung cancer?

Photodynamic therapy may play a limited role in lung cancer treatment — generally complementing, rather than replacing, other forms of treatment. Photodynamic therapy may be an option for treating superficial non-small cell lung cancers that haven't spread beyond the lungs and those that are located in areas easily reached with the tools used during the treatment. Photodynamic therapy begins with the injection of a light-sensitive medication into a vein. One to three days later, the doctor shines light of a certain wavelength onto the tumor from inside the body — typically using a thin, lighted tube called a bronchoscope, which is passed through the mouth into the lungs. The light destroys the cells that have absorbed the light-sensitive medication. After photodynamic therapy, your whole body is sensitive to light. Generally you need to avoid any exposure to bright light, including the sun, for up to eight weeks after treatment. Photodynamic therapy isn't effective for cancer that has spread beyond the lung or tumors that can't be reached by the bronchoscope.

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What is the photodynamic therapy survival rate lung cancer?

Surgery or radiation. Lung cancer is not treated with photodynamic therapy. Depending on the stage, pathology, and health status any combination of surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy (or biologic therapy) might be recommended. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/lung. Read more...
Not straight-forward. Survival rate for lung cancer is dependent on the stage of lung cancer (is the cancer localized or has it spread?), associated medical conditions, and how the cancer responds to therapy. Pdt is a local treatment typically used in lung cancer to help open up airways when tumors have spread into the same. Read more...
Beware. "photodynamic therapy" is a group of scientifically-dubious procedures based on the idea that some photosensitizing molecules are selectively taken up by cancers. It's popular in russia and china but i cannot recommend it as something to spend money on, however desperate you may be. If it actually worked, the research piranhas at the nih would already be all over it. Please forgive my candor. Read more...

What are other alternative treatment for lung cancer with extreme shortness of breath if the oxygen treatment is not effective as it used to be?

See below. More oxygen, or morphine/derivatives to help with the shortness of breath. Also depends on how exactly the cancer is causing the shortness of breath - is the patient getting treatment - chemo or radiation; is there fluid to be drained or an obstructed airway to be opened? Is there infection (antibiotics) or concomitant emphysema (nebulizers, steroids) - talk to your doctors. Read more...
Not many. Lung cancer is tough. There are some experimental treatments at some universities. Read more...
MORPHINE. Ask your treating oncologist or palliative care specialist for morphine. This medication can help with the sensation of shortness of breath (dyspnea). There is a liquid formulary, easier to take, absord faster. I hope this information is helpful. Read more...

Is their any effective treatment for non small cell lung cancer?

Yes. Usually surgery but can also include chemotherapy and radiation therapy or various combinations of the three depending on stage of disease and various patient factors. Read more...
Several items. Small cell is most unfortunate prognosis other lung cells can become malignant and if found early can be removed with good results. Since the lungs are large and cancer can start anywhere in the lung, symptoms are late! regular checkups and periodic x-rays or ct scans may show unsuspected lesions which are curable.Do not smoke and reduce your risk of any of these. Read more...

How effective is proton therapy for localised stage 3A tumours in non-small cell lung cancer? When is it better than traditional radiotherapy?

Controversial therap. Proton therapy is not commonly used to treat cancer, especially not Lung Cancer. It is still considered experimental therapy and is certainly not proven to be better than standard radiotherapy except in certain limited areas of the body such as spinal tumors etc. Read more...

What is the best treatment for lung cancer (nsclc)?

Talk to your doctor. Depends on your health and the stage of the disease. In early stages, surgery is the best way to go. In later stages, chemotherapy is appropriate. Here it becomes way too complicated. In brief, certain tumor markers are very helpful in determining the appropriate chemotherapy to use. Read more...
Radiation also. Radiation therapy is also an important part of the management of more advanced lung cancers such as stage iiia, iiib. It is important to be evaluated by a multi-disciplinary team (i.e. Surgeon, medical oncologist, and radiation oncologist). Read more...
Depends on stage. In the medically fit individually, the standard of care upfron therapy for stage i -iib nsclc is surgery. For stage iiia either chemotherapy +/- radiation followed by surgery or chemoradiation alone. For stage iiia - iv, therapy is chemotherapy +/- radiation. See cancer.Gov. Read more...
See below. Depends on clical stage and pathology and molecular status (egfr/alk mutation status). Read more...