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Chemotherapy for lung cancer


Chemotherapy for lung cancer

Lung cancer chemotherapy treatments are used in three primary ways:

  • Neoadjuvant or primary systemic lung cancer chemotherapy may be used before surgery to destroy cancer cells. It also allows your oncologist to determine the effectiveness of a particular lung cancer treatment regimen on the tumor.
  • Adjuvant chemotherapy is used after surgery or radiation to target cancer cells that were not removed during lung cancer surgery, and helps prevent the cancer from spreading to other parts of your body.
  • Systemic chemotherapy, meaning the circulation of chemotherapy drugs through the bloodstream to cancer cells through the body, plays an important role in the treatment of locally advanced or metastatic lung cancer.

Throughout your lung cancer treatment, your CTCA care team continually monitors the effectiveness of chemotherapy on the disease, with physical exams, blood tests, CT scans and chest X-rays.

We understand the potential side effects of chemotherapy are unpleasant and may include nausea, vomiting, hair loss and mouth sores. Your care team will use multiple measures to help reduce or moderate chemotherapy-related symptoms.

Prior to receiving chemotherapy for lung cancer, you may receive pre-medications to help make symptoms more tolerable.

During chemotherapy, your care team will provide supportive care services to ease side effects. For example, your naturopathic clinician may recommend supplements to reduce nausea. Also, your mind-body therapist can recommend mind-body techniques to help you relax and feel less anxious during your lung cancer chemotherapy treatments.