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Lung Surgery Patient Guide

Lung Cancer Treatment Options

If a diagnosis of lung cancer is suspected or confirmed, your doctor can outline your treatment. These options depend mainly upon the location of the cancer in your lung and the extent, or stage, of the cancer. The stage of a cancerous lung mass is based on the size of the cancer and how far it has spread. In early stages, cancer may be confined to one small area of the lung. In later stages, it may spread within the lungs or through the lymph nodes to other parts of the body.

Once the stage has been determined, the best treatment method can be chosen. You and your doctor can decide on a treatment plan that best fits your needs. Three methods are available to treat lung cancer. One method or a combination of methods may be used.

  • Surgery removes part or all of a lung to eliminate the cancer.
  • Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to destroy cancer cells.
  • Chemotherapy uses a combination of drugs to destroy cancer cells.

Do I Have Other Options?

Your doctor will give you as much information as possible to help you understand why surgery is the best option for you. You'll be told what's involved, how long your recovery will be, and what kind of results you might expect. Your doctor will also outline any other treatment options you may have. If you have questions, worries, or concerns, discuss them with your doctor or another health care provider. And remember that your family and friends can be good sources of support to help you through the process.


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