Lung cancer treatment depends on the type of lung cancer,position of the cancer within lung,location where the cancer has spread and the medical condition of the patient. The treatment typically includes one or more of these following procedures - Surgery, Chemotherapy, Radiation Therapy
Lung Cancer Treatment is divided into two main categories Small cell Lung cancer Treatment and Non Small cell Lung cancer.
Small Cell Lung Cancer
This type of lung cancer is treated mainly with chemotherapy.Surgery is only suitable if there is no sign that the cancer cells have spread out. Surgery can also be used to remove that part of the lung containing the tumour.The surgery is followed by chemotherapy and sometimes radiotherapy. If the cancer cells have spread out you may have chemotherapy, radiotherapy . If chemotherapy works well to shrink the lung tumour down and you are fairly fit you may also have radiotherapy
Non Small cell Lung cancer
Depending on the position of the tumour, a part of the lung or all of the lung can be removed. If the cancer is completely removed, your specialist may suggest chemotherapy .The chemotherapy aims to lower the risk of the cancer coming back. It is important that your doctor talks to you beforehand about the benefits and side effects of chemotherapy. If all of the tumour is not removed you may have radiotherapy afterwards.
If due to health concerns surgery cannot be performed , radiotherapy or combined radiotherapy and chemotherapy can be done. This treatment aims to try to get rid of the cancer completely.