Treatment of lung cancer

Radiol Clin North Am. 2012 Sep;50(5):961-74. doi: 10.1016/j.rcl.2012.06.003.


Lung cancer is a heterogenous disease with 2 main subtypes: non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small cell lung cancer (SCLC). Early-stage NSCLC is managed primarily by surgical resection, with adjuvant chemotherapy for selected patients with stage IB, II, and III disease. Patients with locally advanced stage III NSCLC are usually treated with combined modality therapy. Advanced NSCLC remains an incurable disease. Further advances will rely on improvements in understanding of the molecular events driving the malignant phenotype and the development of novel, targeted therapeutic strategies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / therapy*
  • Chemotherapy, Adjuvant
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology
  • Lung Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Radiotherapy, Adjuvant
  • Small Cell Lung Carcinoma / pathology
  • Small Cell Lung Carcinoma / therapy*