For some patients, a doctor may also recommend targeted therapy.
Here are the things you need to know about them:
Surgery involves physically removing the tumor in the lungs or the lymph nodes it has spread into.
This is usually the go-to procedure for a small tumor that hasn’t spread anywhere else (Stage 0 to Stage 1). The doctor may also recommend a combination of surgery and other therapies for Stage 2 and some cases of Stage 3 lung cancers.
It’s also possible to recommend surgery and other therapies to limited-stage small-cell lung cancer patients, but it’s usually not an option for those in the extensive stage.
In radiation therapy, doctors use radiation to damage cancer cells and stop them from growing.
They usually do not recommend radiotherapy for Stage 0 cancer patients, but it can be beneficial for Stage 1 lung cancer.
The use of radiation for patients in stages 2 through 4 is possible but may come with conditions. For instance, the doctor may recommend external radiation therapy to Stage 2 cancer patients if they cannot have surgery. Stage 3 patients may have surgery combined with chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Do we use radiation to treat patients with small-cell lung cancer? Radiation is actually a standard treatment option, especially for those who have extensive-stage SCLC.
Everything You Need to Know About Cancer Treatments