Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer
Treatment for Lung Cancer
Lung cancer treatment depends on several factors, including the type and size of the cancer, its location and a patient’s overall health. The two main types of lung cancer are non-small cell lung cancer (such as adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma) and small cell lung cancer. Surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy are the primary tools for treating lung cancer and may be used alone or in combination. Non-small cell lung cancer may be treated with radiation therapy, surgery and chemotherapy, whereas small cell lung cancer is most commonly treated with radiation therapy and chemotherapy. A team of doctors, including a surgeon, radiation oncologist, and medical oncologist, will help each patient decide on the optimal treatment plan for his/her situation.
Possible Side Effects
Side effects are different for everyone. Some patients feel ﬁne during treatment while others may feel uncomfortable. Side effects commonly associated with lung cancer treatment may include skin irritation, difficulty or pain when swallowing, fatigue and/or shortness of breath. A patient should discuss any side effect(s) with his/her treatment team, as they may be able to offer solutions to improve patient comfort.