Lung Cancer (cont.)
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Treatment decisions in lung cancer depend first on whether SCLC or NSCLC is present. Treatment also depends on tumor stage. In NSCLC, the performance status of the patient is a key determinant of the likelihood of benefit from treatment. Performance status compares the patient's functional status -- how well they are doing as compared to their pre-illness levels of day to day activity. Risk of side effects and complications increase and chance of benefit decreases with declining performance status. In SCLC, a rapid response to treatment occurs often enough to overcome this issue.
The most commonly used treatments today for lung cancer involve surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapies.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/3/2016
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