Lung cancer can be debilitating, and will eventually cause death if you do not get any type of treatment. This is especially true if you have cancer in both of your lungs. Fortunately, there are may treatment options you have available, three of which are listed below.
If you are at a late stage in your cancer the doctor will likely suggest that you do chemotherapy. How long you have to have this therapy depends on how bad your cancer is. It may be once a week for a month or it may be a few times per week for a few months.
When you arrive to have your chemotherapy, you will sit in a chair. The nurse will then insert an IV into your arm in order to deliver the chemotherapy drugs into your system. The nurse will tell you how long you have to sit and receive the drugs.
Once the treatment is over you will be able to go home. You may not have any side effects immediately, but over time may have vomiting, loss of hair, diarrhea, loss of weight, and more.
To help with the effects of chemotherapy, the doctor may suggest cell therapy. The cells are injected into your system to help reduce the damage the chemotherapy does to your body. This can also help reduce your side effects. Over time, doctors may start to use cell therapy to treat lung cancer, even though it is currently being treated for other types of cancers, such as leukemia. It has shown to be very promising in the treatment this type of cancer. The hope of this therapy is that it will divide cancer cells so they cannot grow into cancer inside the body. Your doctor can give you much more information about cell therapy and in much more detail.
If your lung cancer is at an early stage the doctor can perform lung surgery. During this surgery the doctor will remove the part of your lungs that have cancer. If the cancer has spread to other parts of your body, such as through your lymph nodes, the doctor will not be a able to do this type of surgery on you.
If the surgery is done, however, it will take you some time to recover. The doctor will have to make a large incision on your upper back in order to gain access to your lungs. It is well worth it, however, as in some cases this will completely remove the cancer. The doctor may still suggest that you have chemotherapy for a certain amount of time to ensure all cancer cells were removed. The oncologist that you are seeing will go over these treatment options with you, as well as other treatment options that are available to treat your lung cancer.