Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer (cont.)
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What Are Other Therapies for Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer?
Clinical trials should always be considered as an alternative in the treatment of advanced non-small-cell lung cancer. Clinical trials are always under way to test new medications, including new targeted therapy and immunotherapy drugs, as well as new combinations of drugs.
Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer Follow-up
Following surgery for any operable lung cancer, the patient has a risk of developing a second primary lung cancer. Following any treatment, the original tumor may come back.
Palliative and Terminal Care
Palliative care refers to medical or nursing care whose goal is to reduce symptoms and suffering without attempting to cure the underlying disease. Because only a small number of people with lung cancer are cured, relief of suffering becomes the primary goal for many. Palliative care consultation can prolong survival in patients with advanced inoperable lung cancer.
Palliative care may be undertaken through the provider's office, and care may be given at home. Palliative care consists of both counseling and coordination of care to be sure that the patients understand the goals of treatment and participates in their treatment decisions at each step. It also helps to manage symptoms optimally and coordinates care of preexistent conditions in the face of the cancer diagnosis.
Palliative care is not the same as hospice care.
End-of-life care with the aid of hospice providers usually comes at the point when palliative measures, including active treatments with chemotherapy and radiation, are generally recognized as no longer effective even in palliating the disease or halting its progression. At that point, an early referral to hospice is appropriate. Hospice providers can coordinate and manage symptoms at home in a special hospice facility, or when necessary, a nursing home or hospital.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/8/2016
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