Treatment Guidelines for Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Updated
New recommendations on the use of chemotherapy to treat people with Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer have been issued by the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Lung Cancer 101
After a person receives a lung cancer diagnosis, the physician and the individual will choose the most appropriate treatment option, based on the type and stage of that person’s cancer and his or her overall health. The oncologist will also consider what symptoms the person is having, his or her ability to carry on normal daily activities and need for bed rest, and the individual’s opinion about quality of life. All of these are important considerations in choosing the best treatments. The main treatment options for lung cancer are surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. New treatments are also showing promise.
Living with Lung Cancer
You have just been diagnosed with lung cancer. The first thing you must know, and something you should repeat to yourself over and over, is there is reason for hope! Much is being done for people with lung cancer, and new treatments are being developed and tested every day.