The best treatment for non-small cell lung cancer, the most common type of lung cancer, will vary from patient to patient. Factors such as the patient’s overall health, age, lung function and specific type of malignancy will influence how the cancer is treated.
In general, many non-small cell lung cancer treatment plans include surgery to remove a portion of or the entire affected lung. Surrounding lymph nodes and tissues may also be removed. In cases where the cancer is more widespread or the patient is not well enough to undergo surgery, a combination of radiation therapy and chemotherapy may be administered to help shrink tumors and destroy cancer cells. Some patients also benefit from newer treatment methods such as immunotherapy, which leverages the body’s immune system to attack specific types of cancer cells.
Moffitt’s multispecialty approach to non-small cell lung cancer treatment
Moffitt Cancer Center stands at the forefront of treatment for all lung malignancies, including non-small cell lung cancers. Our Thoracic Oncology Program comprises experts from multiple specialties, including pulmonology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, cardiology, pathology and others, who focus exclusively on lung cancer. Our experts collaborate to create treatment plans that are highly individualized to the unique needs of each patient. This level of individualization, combined with our multispecialty approach and unparalleled expertise, allows Moffitt to achieve positive outcomes and an improved quality of life for our patients.
Moffitt also leads groundbreaking research initiatives and clinical trials to improve the way non-small cell lung cancers are treated. Patients who are eligible to participate in a clinical trial have the opportunity to receive the latest advances in treatment before they are made widely available. Our efforts have resulted in designation from the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, and we are the only such center based in Florida.
Contact Moffitt at 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online to speak with a Moffitt physician about the best non-small cell lung cancer treatment options for your case. We welcome patients with or without referrals.