Top 5 Things to Know About Lung Cancer
Deciding on a treatment option for your lung cancer can be very difficult. There’s a lot of information to sort through, but it’s so important that you understand the extent of all your treatment possibilities. To help, we’ve created a list of the 5 things to know about lung cancer. This list includes revolutionary discoveries, targeted treatments, and recent advancements in care that all patients should consider when deciding on the right treatment plan.
1) Personalized Therapy: Personalized Cancer Therapy goes beyond the scope of standard care and looks into a patient’s genome to learn how tumor growth occurs. Some lung cancers will have particular features, for example, molecular markers – that can predict whether chemotherapy drug or targeted treatment will be an effective treatment method. This results in fewer unnecessary treatments and side effects.
2) Immunotherapy: Immunotherapy is a treatment path that involves enhancing the body’s own defense system to fight cancer. Using substances from the patient’s body, or from a lab, immunotherapy aims to boost a patient’s immune system so that their own body will slow cell growth and prevent the spreading of their cancer to other areas of the body. In lung cancer specifically, the FDA recently approved Nivolumab and are researching the effects it has on controlling cell growth in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.
3) Better Techniques for Surgery and Radiation: While lung cancer patients have many revolutionary options, these may not always be the right fit for every patient. Science is always moving forward, and the standard of care continues to improve. Doctors are searching for ways to improve the effectiveness of these treatments while reducing side effects.
4) Improved Screening: Researchers are investigating advanced imaging techniques, such as low-dose, helical CT scanning, in an effort to effectively diagnose lung cancer early on. In the future, molecular features in the blood or saliva may indicate the presence of lung cancer before it is visible on a CT scan. And genetic testing could help uncover which people have a higher risk of lung cancer.
5) Palliative Care: Palliative Care is a process aimed at improving the quality of life of a cancer patient. Clinical trials are underway to find better methods of reducing side effects of current lung cancer treatments.
Each patient’s lung cancer is unique to their DNA, which makes it all the more important for patients to understand all their options. At Cure Forward, we aim to bring targeted therapies and advanced treatment options within reach. Clinical Trials of today are where tomorrow’s therapies are proven. If you or a loved one is considering a clinical trial, post to our Clinical Trial Exchange. You post your information, and Clinical Trials will come to you, without hours of research and confusion. We’ll help you every step of the way.
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