Module 4. Treatment and Management of Lung Cancer

What is radiation therapy? When is it needed?

Radiation therapy, unlike chemotherapy, is a focused type of treatment that is used in localized cancers. A radiation beam is directed at a specific area of the lung for example. It’s used as a local therapy when a surgeon cannot remove the cancer in the chest. It is also used in cases where there are no other treatment options, for example if the lung cancer has spread to the brain then chemotherapy has difficulty passing the blood-brain barrier, so radiation therapy will be used. Radiation therapy is also used if the lung cancer has spread to the bone.
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What kind of surgery is used for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)?
5. What kind of surgery is used for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)?
What factors determine the extent of lung cancer surgery?
6. What factors determine the extent of lung cancer surgery?
Is surgery an option for small cell lung cancer?
7. Is surgery an option for small cell lung cancer?
What is chemotherapy? When is it needed?
8. What is chemotherapy? When is it needed?
What is radiation therapy? When is it needed?
9. What is radiation therapy? When is it needed?
What is targeted therapy? When is it needed?
10. What is targeted therapy? When is it needed?
What is immune therapy? When is it needed?
11. What is immune therapy? When is it needed?
What is genomic testing? And why is it needed?
12. What is genomic testing? And why is it needed?
What is a clinical trial?
13. What is a clinical trial?
Is a “Placebo” always used in a controlled clinical trial?
14. Is a “Placebo” always used in a controlled clinical trial?
When would a patient with lung cancer consider “Palliative Care”?
15. When would a patient with lung cancer consider “Palliative Care”?
What should a patient think when their doctor says: “We do not want to do surgery”?
16. What should a patient think when their doctor says: “We do not want to do surgery”?
What is a “lobectomy”?
17. What is a “lobectomy”?
What is a lung ablation?
18. What is a lung ablation?
Can you have lung ablation after radiation therapy?
19. Can you have lung ablation after radiation therapy?
What is “percutaneous ablation”?
20. What is “percutaneous ablation”?
What is a “wedge surgery”?
21. What is a “wedge surgery”?
What are “lung sparing techniques”?
22. What are “lung sparing techniques”?
What is a segmentectomy?
23. What is a segmentectomy?
What is an EGFR mutation for lung cancer?
24. What is an EGFR mutation for lung cancer?

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