How Immunotherapy Is Revolutionizing Lung Cancer Treatment

By

Patricia Rich, MD

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In general, there are two types of lung cancer: small cell and non-small cell. Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common type, accounting for about 85% of lung cancers. When NSCLC is in its early stages, doctors will typically remove the tumors via surgery and then may recommend chemotherapy and radiation therapy. However, when the cancer spreads to both lungs, to the area around the lungs, or to other organs, treatment options like surgery, chemo, and radiation may not be enough. This means the cancer is considered advanced, and it’s time for something different.

What is immunotherapy, and how can it fight cancer? These experts explain this exciting new treatment.

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