Things About Lung Cancer Doctors Wish You Knew

New advances in treatment


Close-up shot of microscope with metal lens at laboratory.


The most groundbreaking cancer research of the past decade includes new treatments for lung cancer. “It is almost an entirely different field from what it was,” Dr. Sands says. “We now have various medications that can target cancer cells with specific DNA mutations more common in people with a limited smoking history.” These targeted therapies work better and longer than chemo with fewer side effects, he says. In addition, “every oncologist that treats lung cancer has patients alive specifically due to the impact of immunotherapy, medications that help a person’s immune system recognize the cancer,” he says. Current studies are trying to increase the number of patients that benefit from this remarkable therapy.

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