Is chemotherapy appropriate for lung cancer?

Medically Reviewed by Checkmark Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Sravanthi Sunkaraneni
Yes, Chemotherapy is effective against all stages of lung cancer. Chemotherapy aids in the surgical and radiation treatments against the cancer cells' accelerated development. Furthermore, irrespective of the stage, tissue behaviour, extent of tissue damage, patient’s immunologic state or even its relapse, chemotherapy continues to be a crucial component of the lung cancer treatment.

Yes. Chemotherapy is effective against lung cancer and is prescribed with or without surgery or radiation. Chemotherapy can be prescribed in all stages of lung cancer. In advanced stages where cancer cells multiply and spread fast, chemotherapy is useful because surgery or radiation alone will not be effective in removing or killing all the cancer cells.

Chemotherapy can be done before and after the surgery either to reduce the tumour size or prevent the relapse of cancer. A (2019) study suggests ‘chemotherapy is still an essential part of lung cancer treatment, regardless of stage’, tissue behaviour, the extent of damage within the body and effectiveness of the immune system against cancer cells.

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