Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Patients with non-small cell lung cancer may be treated in several ways. The choice of non-small cell treatment options depend mainly on the size, location, and extent of the tumor.
Surgery is the most common way to treat non-small cell lung cancer. Cryosurgery, a treatment that freezes and destroys cancer tissue, may be used to control symptoms in the later stages of non-small cell lung cancer. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy may also be used to slow the progress of non-small cell lung cancer and to manage symptoms.
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- Lung Cancer Surgery
- Lung Cancer Chemotherapy
- Lung Cancer Radiation
- Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment.
The prognosis (chance of recovery) for non-small cell lung cancer depends on the following:
- The stage of the cancer (whether it is in the lung only or has spread to other places in the body)
- The tumor size
- The type of lung cancer
- Whether there are symptoms
- The patient's general health.
For most patients with non-small cell lung cancer, current treatments do not cure the cancer.
(See Lung Cancer Prognosis for more information.)