Cigarette smoking is a major cause of lung cancer. Lung cancer occurs in two different types, known as small-scale lung cancer (SCLC) and non-small scale lung cancer (NSCLC). Depending on the type and stages of cancer, let’s discuss the most effective treatment measures for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
The surgery aims to eliminate the tumor from the lung lobe and cure the patient. It is suitable for small tumors. The extent and the location of cancer dictate the type of surgery to be performed. The common surgery types include lobectomy, wedge resection, segmentectomy, and pneumonectomy. The healing period depends on the type of surgery and the earlier condition of the patient.
Radiation Therapy Treatments
Radiation therapy treatment involves using X-rays to eliminate the tumor. The treatment is delivered through implants, inside tumor, or outside cancer. It is suitable for patients with small tumors. Most patients receive treatment using an external beam therapy, where a machine is used to carry out radiation on the outer body parts. Albeit it does not cure, radiation therapy relieves cancer symptoms. Also, it results in side effects like appetite loss and fatigue.
Chemotherapy involves direct injection of toxic drugs such as Paclitaxel or carboplatin to cancer cells. The process helps to destroy the tumor and simultaneously increases the cells, hence prolonging cancer patients’ quality of life regardless of the stages. Also, it reduces the growth rate of cancer and symptoms in patients who cannot undergo surgeries. Unfortunately, chemotherapy may destroy the blood and nerve cells causing side effects like hair loss, vomiting, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, and appetite loss.
Most patients are not aware of the cancer symptoms and require guidance on the treatment steps. Lung cancer Orange County offers incredible lung cancer treatments to various patients globally.