NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Part 6: Overview of cancer treatments
Describes the operations used for lung cancer.
6.2 Radiation therapy
Describes the uses of radiation to treat
Describes chemotherapy drugs for lung cancer.
6.4 Targeted therapy
Describes targeted drugs for lung cancer.
Lists helpful webpages along with questions
to ask your doctor about treatments.
There is more than one treatment for lung cancer.
The main types are described on the next pages. This
information may help you understand Part 7. It may
also help you know what to expect during treatment.
Not every person with lung cancer will receive every
treatment listed. Surgery and radiation therapy are
local treatments for lung cancer and are described
first. Chemotherapy and targeted therapy, which are
systemic treatments for cancer throughout the body,
are described next.
Supportive care (also called palliative care) doesn’t
aim to treat cancer but aims to improve quality of life.
However, supportive care given with cancer treatment
has been shown not only to improve quality of life
and mood but also to extend life among people newly
diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Supportive care
can address many needs. Examples include treatment
for physical and emotional symptoms, help with
treatment decisions, and coordination of care between
health providers. Talk with your treatment team to plan
the best supportive care for you.