Sometimes lung cancer treatments are used to try to cure the cancer. Other times, treatments are used to stop the cancer from spreading and to relieve symptoms.
Your specific treatment will depend on:
- The type of lung cancer
- Where the cancer is and if it has spread to other parts of the body
- Your age and overall health
Your doctor may recommend one treatment or a combination of treatments.
Surgery is used to remove the lung tissue that has the cancerous tumor. Sometimes a large part of a lung or all of it is removed. When the cancer has not spread, surgery can cure the patient.
Radiation therapy uses a machine to aim high-energy x-rays at the tumor. This energy kills cancer cells. Radiation therapy can relieve pain and make a person feel better.
Chemotherapy uses medicine to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy medicines can be given through a vein or taken as a pill.
Targeted therapy uses medicine to block the growth and spread of cancer cells. It can be given through a vein or taken as a pill.