Lung Cancer Treatment
Lung Cancer Treatment ProvidersThere are usually several healthcare providers involved in a person's treatment. The doctor may refer patients to doctors who specialize in treating lung cancer, or patients may ask for a referral. Some specialists who treat lung cancer include:
- Pulmonologists, who are doctors that are experts in diseases of the lungs
- Surgeons, who are doctors that perform operations
- Medical oncologists, who are doctors that are experts in lung cancer and treat cancers with medicines
- Radiation oncologists, who are doctors that treat lung cancers with radiation.
Getting a Second OpinionSometimes it is helpful to have a second opinion about the lung cancer diagnosis and the lung cancer treatment plan. Some insurance companies require a second opinion; others may cover a second opinion if the patient or doctor requests it. Gathering medical records and arranging to see another doctor may take a little time. In most cases, a brief delay to get another opinion will not make therapy less helpful.
Specific Lung Cancer Treatment OptionsThe doctor is the best person to describe the treatment choices for lung cancer and explain the expected results. The doctor and patient can work together to develop a treatment plan that fits the patient's needs.
Depending on the type and extent of lung cancer, treatment options may include:
- Surgery (see Lung Cancer Surgery)
- Chemotherapy (see Lung Cancer Chemotherapy)
- Radiation therapy (see Lung Cancer Radiation)
- Photodynamic therapy (see Photodynamic Therapy for Lung Cancer)
- A combination of these methods.
You can read more treatment options based on the type and stage of the cancer by going to the following eMedTV articles: