Lung Cancer Medications
Mary L Windle, PharmD
Winston W Tan, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Koyamangalath Krishnan, MD, FRCP
Medical therapy options for lung cancer include surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy. These treatments help decrease tumor growth and size. When tumor growth and size are reduced, symptoms are more likely to be relieved and survival may be prolonged. Other drugs may also be given to prevent and treat adverse effects of radiation and chemotherapy, such as nausea or vomiting. Pain medications are also important to relieve pain due to cancer or surgery.
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