Treatment of Lung cancer:
Treatment depends upon the stage of the disease and also the cardiorespiratory fitness of the patient. Surgical excision which entails complete removal of the tumor along with proper staging is done in early stage lung cancer. Also patient should be fit to undergo lung resection that could be either lobectomy or pneumonectomy. Patients with locally advanced carcinoma lung undergo combined modality treatment i.e chemotherapy along with radiation. In case of disease that have spread to distant organs treatment option is only systemic therapy. Targeted agents that act on particular receptors expressed by the tumor becomes the mainstay of treatment in metastatic disease, these agents are less toxic than chemotherapy and shown to halt the progression of tumor.
Survival in Lung cancer:
Survival depends upon the stage of lung cancer. Non small cell lung cancer is common variant and five year survival according to the stage is 60-70% in stage I, 40-50% in stage II, 25% in stage III, and <5% in stage IV.