Treating Lung Cancer

The choice of treatment depends on the type of lung cancer and the degree to which it has spread.  People with lung cancer can have surgery where the entire lung, a lobe of the lung or a small part of the lung are removed along with nearby lymph nodes; radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy) which uses high-energy rays to kill cancer cells in the area being treated; chemotherapy which depends on drugs that kill cancer by entering the bloodstream; and targeted therapy which uses specialized drugs to block the growth and spread of cancer cells.


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