Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Lung Cancer Oat Cell Treatment

The treatment for small cell carcinoma of the lung depends on the stage of the lung cancer. Because small cell carcinoma grows so quickly, the cancer has usually spread beyond the lung at the time of diagnosis. Surgery is only performed if the cancer is limited to the lung. Treatment of small cell carcinoma of the lung often includes some combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

Chemotherapy uses medications that either kill cancer cells directly, or interfere with their metabolism. Radiation therapy uses x-rays to directly kill cancer cells. Radiation therapy delivers a focused beam of radiation to the cancer so that any damage to surrounding tissue is minimized.

The treatment for small cell carcinoma of the lung includes:

Commonly used chemotherapy regimens for small cell carcinoma of the lung include:

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Last Updated: Jun 14, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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