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Treatment

Your treatment depends on the type of lung cancer, where it is, it's size, whether it has spread, and your general health. A team of doctors and other professionals discuss the best treatment and care for you.

Treatment for small cell lung cancer (SCLC)

Find out about how your doctor decides which treatment you need, the types of treatment you might have and treatment by stage.

Treatment for non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)

Find out about how your doctor decides which treatment you need, the types of treatment you might have and treatment by stage.

Surgery

Your type of surgery depends on where in the lung your cancer is, how big it is and your general health. 

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy uses anti cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells. You might have it as part of your treatment for early or advanced lung cancer.

Radiotherapy

Find out about planning and having radiotherapy for lung cancer and about the possible side effects.

Chemoradiotherapy

Chemoradiotherapy means having chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Find out about the treatment and side effects.

Photodynamic therapy (PDT)

Find out how you have photodynamic therapy for lung cancer and how you’ll feel afterwards.

Laser therapy

Find out how you have laser therapy for lung cancer and how you feel after treatment.

Microwave ablation

Find out how you have microwave ablation for lung cancer and how you feel after treatment.

Radiofrequency ablation

Find out about radiofrequency ablation for lung cancer, how you have it, and how you’ll feel afterwards.

Diathermy (electrocautery)

Find out how you have diathermy for lung cancer and how you’ll feel after treatment.

Follow up

Find out about follow up appointments and tests after treatment for lung cancer.

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