There are several types of lung cancer, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small cell lung cancer (SCLC). Overall, lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer in the U.S. Treatments vary depending on the type of lung cancer, whether and where the cancer has spread, and the patient’s overall health. The expert medical team at Regional Cancer Care Associates treat patients with all forms of lung cancer in New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, and the Washington, D.C., area.
Once a patient has been diagnosed with lung cancer, the next step is to determine the type of lung cancer. Lung cancer staging draws on specific information, such as the size of tumors, the location of the lung cancer cells, and whether cancer has advanced to other parts of the body, to assign a stage that helps determine the best treatment approach for each patient.
Depending on the stage and type of lung cancer, as well as the general health of the patient, several lung cancer treatment options are available. The RCCA medical team will discuss all the pertinent options with a patient and then develop a treatment plan. Lung cancer treatment options include:
Lung cancer often is treated with a combination of the therapies described above. In some cases, those therapies are given simultaneously, while in other instances they are administered sequentially, such as when chemotherapy follows or precedes surgery.
Integrative care and palliative care for people with lung cancer provide medical treatments, assistance with lessening the effects of symptoms and side effects, and supportive therapies for mind, body, and spirit. At Regional Cancer Care Associates, physicians may recommend that patients avail themselves of a yoga practice or other physical activity. Patients also may be encouraged to receive nutrition counseling and massage therapies. Many patients also find assistance and healing through counseling services and faith organizations.
Early detection and intervention can lead to more effective treatment and better outcomes for people with lung cancer. Regional Cancer Care Associates has r 25 care centers throughout New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, and the Washington, D.C., area. All are staffed by highly experienced physicians who offer comprehensive, cutting-edge, and compassionate care. Make an appointment at a location convenient to where you work and live today.