Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment by Stage

Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment at Stage 0

Treatment of stage 0 non-small cell lung cancer (carcinoma in situ) may include the following:
 
  • Surgery to remove a small portion of the lung where the cancer cells are found.
     

Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment at Stage I

Treatment of stage I non-small cell lung cancer may include the following:
 
  • Lung cancer surgery to remove a small portion of the lung or a lobe of the lung
  • External radiation therapy (for patients who cannot have surgery or choose not to have surgery)
  • Lung cancer chemotherapy following surgery.
     

Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment at Stage II

Treatment of stage II non-small cell lung cancer may include the following:
 
  • Surgery to remove the tumor (a small portion of the lung, a lobe of the lung, or an entire lung)
  • External lung cancer radiation therapy (for patients who cannot have surgery or choose not to have surgery)
  • Chemotherapy with or without other treatments following surgery.
     

Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment at Stage III

Stage III of non-small cell lung cancer is divided into two subgroups: stage IIIA and stage IIIB.
 
Treatment of stage IIIA non-small cell lung cancer may include the following:
 
  • Lung cancer surgery alone
  • External radiation therapy alone
  • Chemotherapy combined with other treatments
  • Surgery and external radiation therapy.
     
Treatment of stage IIIB non-small cell lung cancer may include the following:
 
  • External radiation therapy alone
  • Chemotherapy combined with external radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy combined with external radiation therapy, followed by surgery
  • Chemotherapy alone.
     
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