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The treatment and management of lung cancer will depend on a number of factors, like the type of cancer, the stage, and your overall health. If you meet certain criteria, your treatment team may recommend tumor genotyping. This involves taking a sample of the tumor to look for genetic changes in the cancer cells. Certain genetic changes can be treated with new targeted therapy.

Treatment may involve the following:

Lifestyle changes
Chemotherapy
Radiation therapy
Surgery
Medications
Other treatments

References:

Genotyping and smart drugs: FAQs. Massachusetts General Hospital, Cancer Center website. Available at: http://www.massgeneral.org/cancer/news/faq.aspx. Accessed September 28, 2012.

Lung cancer (non-small cell). American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/lungcancer-non-smallcell/detailedguide/index. Accessed September 17, 2014.

Learn about cancer (small cell). American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/lungcancer-smallcell/detailedguide/index. Accessed September 17, 2014.

Lung cancer. American Lung Association website. Available at: http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/lung-cancer. Accessed September 17, 2014.

Lung cancer—for patients. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/types/lung. Accessed September 17, 2014.



Last reviewed September 2015 by Mohei Abouzied, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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