Lung Cancer Treatment and Support

Lung Cancer Therapy and Treatment Options

After you’ve received your diagnosis, your pulmonologist can recommend different treatment options for lung cancer that take your specific health needs into consideration. Options may range from surgery to systemic therapies to radiation. Treatments may vary, so be sure to discuss options for the specific stage of lung cancer with your doctor.

Treatment options for lung cancer include:

Surgery

Our team of thoracic surgeons will use the latest techniques to remove the lung cancer.   Our surgeons are experts in minimally invasive video assisted or robotic techniques that allow removal of the cancer with small incisions and no rib spreading.

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy utilizes the immune system to recognize cancer cells and fight off the cancer cells.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is used to kill the cancer cells or shrink them. The medicine may be given in the form of a pill or administered directly into your veins.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy kills the cancer cells using high-energy rays. Our team of radiation oncologists use the latest technology to produce the optimal treatment of your cancer without damaging surrounding tissue

Targeted Therapy

Targeted therapy is used to stop or slow the growth of the cancer and prevent it from spreading.

Common Side Effects of Lung Cancer Treatment

After lung cancer treatment it is not uncommon to experience side effects from some of the therapies. Depending on what your doctor has prescribed, you may have side effects such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Discomfort or pain
  • Stomach issues (nausea or vomiting)
  • Breathing problems
  • Hair loss
  • Weight loss

If you start to have side effects during treatment, make sure your doctor is aware. We offer a full range of integrative therapies to help you manage side effects and keep pain and discomfort to a minimum.

Clinical Trials

If you would like to participate, and are eligible to join, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center conducts cancer clinical trials for lung cancer. These clinical trials will study new treatment options to better help diagnose and treat lung cancer.

Lung Cancer Support

Coping with any cancer diagnosis can take a toll on a patient. Consider these ways to help:

Talk to Family and Friends

Friends and family are a great support system, especially for physical and emotional support. Let family help take care of pets and your house while you’re in the hospital or lean on them for any additional support you need.

Continue to Learn About Lung Cancer

Read more about lung cancer to discuss any and all options with your doctor. If you can understand the treatment options you have available, you’ll be more likely to be a part of the conversation about making decisions.

Ask About Support Groups

You are not alone on this journey. Ask your doctor about support groups or local groups that you can join to continue having an open discussion around lung cancer.

Trust the experts at Banner MD Anderson to help with any lung cancer treatment or support options for you or your loved ones.