Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Treatment

Radiation Therapy
Lung cancer radiation therapy is a treatment that uses high-energy x-rays or other types of radiation to kill cancer cells.
There are two types of radiation therapy used for treating non-small cell lung cancer. External radiation therapy uses a machine outside the body to send radiation toward the cancer. Internal radiation therapy uses a radioactive substance sealed in needles, seeds, wires, or catheters that are placed directly into or near the cancer.
Radiosurgery is a method of delivering radiation directly to the tumor with little damage to healthy tissue. It does not involve surgery and may be used to treat certain tumors in patients who cannot have surgery.
The way the radiation therapy is given for non-small cell lung cancer depends on the type and stage of the cancer being treated.
Laser Therapy
Laser therapy is a treatment that uses a laser beam (a narrow beam of intense light) to kill cancer cells.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a cancer treatment that uses a drug and a certain type of laser light to kill cancer cells. A drug that is not active until it is exposed to light is injected into a vein. The drug collects more in cancer cells than in normal cells.
Fiber-optic tubes are then used to deliver the laser light to the cancer cells, where the drug becomes active and kills the cells. Photodynamic therapy causes little damage to healthy tissue. It is used mainly to treat tumors on or just under the skin or in the lining of internal organs.

Clinical Trials

New types of treatment and prevention are being tested in clinical trials. They include the following:
  • Chemoprevention
  • Biological therapy.
Chemoprevention is the use of drugs, vitamins, or other substances to reduce the risk of developing cancer or to reduce the risk of recurrence (the cancer coming back).
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