Cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells look under a microscope.
Small cell lung cancer treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, laser therapy, targeted therapy, and supportive care. Non-small cell lung cancer treatment options include the above & photodynamic therapy, cryosurgery & electrocautery may be used.
Common side effects may include: fatigue; difficulty breathing; infection; bleeding; anemia; stomach/bowel system changes; changes in sexual functioning and fertility.
Tips and Tricks
I’ve had stage IV lung cancer for over 4 years and something I learned early-on to help me cope with being newly diagnosed was that fear is a bully. The best way to deal with a bully is to face him head-on. This has allowed me to maintain a positive attitude even when things get scary.
The information contained in the Treatments and Side Effects sections are for informational purposes only. As with any cancer type, treatments and side effects can differ by patient. Please consult your oncologist for the specific treatments and side effects for your specific cancer.