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There was a time when lung cancer treatment was based only on the type (small cell or non-small cell) and stage of lung cancer. Increasingly, treatment options depend on not just the type but also the subtype of lung cancer and in more and more cases, if certain changes are present in the cancer cells themselves.
Options also depend on factors such as age, general health and physical condition. Your healthcare team will make treatment recommendations after learning as much as possible about your lung cancer and by following recommendations, called "protocols" that have been agreed upon by lung cancer experts.
Not all treatments are right for every person but learning about the possibilities can help you have an informed discussion with your doctor. These are common treatment options, used alone or in combination, to treat lung cancer:
Immunotherapies (Immuno-oncology drugs)
Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
Your treatment decisions also depend on your personal goals and expectations. Even after your treatment team makes their recommendations, it is important to get information about how the treatment(s) they suggest may affect you. Talk with your doctor about the potential benefits and risks (such as side effects), how to manage those risks and what other options may be available.