The patient and doctor should work together to choose a lung cancer treatment plan based on a number of factors. These include (1) the type and stage of lung cancer; (2) the patient’s overall health, and (3) the patient’s preferences.
Lung cancer treatments typically include one or more types of therapy, such as surgery, 1, , , or . Sometimes a with one or more of these types of treatment will be a possibility. In some cases the doctor may also suggest , also called comfort care, to treat the symptoms the lung cancer is causing, such as pain or shortness of breath.
In other cases, a patient may choose not to undergo treatment for the lung cancer. In that case, the doctor may suggest Read about hospice care.care to help manage pain and other symptoms, with a focus on .
Treatment Options by Type of Lung Cancer
The recommended treatment options may vary depending on whether the cancer isor , and the stage of the disease. Treatment options are outlined by type and stage of the lung cancer on separate pages.
|Non-small cell lung cancer||Small cell lung cancer|
Types of Treatment
For more information on each type of treatment, click on the relevant link below.
On each treatment page, you will find a list of questions you can ask your health care team about that particular treatment. To see a complete list of these and other questions, see Asking the Right Questions.
|Targeted Therapy||Angiogenesis Inhibitors||Immunotherapy|
|Clinical Trials||Palliative Care||Hospice Care|
- Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell Treatment Options. American Society of Clinical Oncology website. http://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/lung-cancer/treatment-options. Approved August 2015. Accessed March 4, 2016.