Metastatic Lung Cancer: When cancer cells leave the lungs, they merge with the blood or lymph and travel to different sites. Once they reach the other site they can form secondary tumors and cause major health problems. Metastatic lung cancer belongs to Stage IV.
Metastatic Lung Cancer treatment plan will depend on various factors, including
- Overall Health
- Type of Primary Tumor
- Medical HIstory
- Location of the tumor
- Size and number of the tumors
Treatment Options for Metastatic Lung Cancer:
- Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy helps destroy cancerous cells in the body. It’s preferred when the cancer is more advanced and has spread to other organs in the body.
- Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy uses a person's own immune system to fight cancer. It can boost or change how the immune system works so it can find and attack cancer cells.
- Surgery- Surgery removes the metastatic tumors in the lung. This is done if someone already had their primary tumor removed, or if the cancer has only spread to limited areas of the lung.
- Other options:
- Radiation. High-energy radiation shrinks tumors and kills cancer cells
- Laser therapy. High-intensity light destroys tumors and cancer cells.
- Stents. Your doctor places tiny tubes in the airways to keep them open.
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