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If I develop non-small cell lung cancer, how will it be treated?

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Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
Surgery - Thoracic
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on the stage

Once diagnosed you will need to be staged to evaluate for resection.
In general patients with early stage lung cancer ( i or ii ), who are healthy enough , should be treated with surgery to remove the cancer. In the more advanced stages (iii or iv) , surgery by itself is usually not curative, and other treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy are required.

In brief: Depends on the stage

Once diagnosed you will need to be staged to evaluate for resection.
In general patients with early stage lung cancer ( i or ii ), who are healthy enough , should be treated with surgery to remove the cancer. In the more advanced stages (iii or iv) , surgery by itself is usually not curative, and other treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy are required.
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on stage

If early stage the optimal therapy is surgical removal of a lobe or side of lung.
This depends on lung function and age/health status. Radiosurgery if not healthy. If a later stage and patient healthy and young enough treatment with radiation and/or chemotherapy may lead to resection. If not then primary radiation and chemotherapy for stage 3. Stage 4 with chemotherapy and palliative radiation.

In brief: Depends on stage

If early stage the optimal therapy is surgical removal of a lobe or side of lung.
This depends on lung function and age/health status. Radiosurgery if not healthy. If a later stage and patient healthy and young enough treatment with radiation and/or chemotherapy may lead to resection. If not then primary radiation and chemotherapy for stage 3. Stage 4 with chemotherapy and palliative radiation.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends on stage

There are IV stages of lung cancer with a iiia and iiib.
Standard of care for stage i and ii is surgery. + chemotherapy afterward if tumor in lymphnodes. Iiia chemorads followed by surgery or definitive chemorads alone. Iiib and IV chemotherapy +/- radiation.

In brief: Depends on stage

There are IV stages of lung cancer with a iiia and iiib.
Standard of care for stage i and ii is surgery. + chemotherapy afterward if tumor in lymphnodes. Iiia chemorads followed by surgery or definitive chemorads alone. Iiib and IV chemotherapy +/- radiation.
Dr. David Cooke
Dr. David Cooke
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