Lung Cancer: Treatment
Information Summaries from PDQ
Drugs Approved for Lung Cancer
This page lists cancer drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for lung cancer. The list includes generic names, brand names, and common drug combinations, which are shown in capital letters.
Lung-MAP: Master Protocol for Squamous Cell Lung Cancer
A collection of material about the Lung Cancer Master Protocol, or Lung-MAP, study that will examine treatment outcomes for patients with squamous cell lung cancer assigned to different study drug combinations based on the results of genomic profiling of their tumors.
Clinical Trials to Treat Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Check for non-small cell lung cancer treatment trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials now accepting patients. The list of clinical trials can be refined by location, stage of disease, drug, and other features.
Clinical Trials to Treat Small Cell Lung Cancer
Check for small cell lung cancer treatment trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials now accepting patients. The list of clinical trials can be refined by location, stage of disease, drug, and other features.
Crizotinib Improves Progression-Free Survival in Some Patients with Advanced Lung Cancer (Updated)
Results from an international phase III trial show that crizotinib (Xalkori®) substantially extends progression-free survival in previously treated patients with advanced lung cancer whose tumors have a specific genetic mutation.
Expanding the Playing Field: Immune-Based Therapy Shows Potential for Lung, Other Cancers
Results from two early-phase clinical trials presented at the 2012 American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting provide further evidence that priming the immune system to attack tumors has potential as a treatment for certain cancers.
Palliative Care Improves Survival, Quality of Life in Advanced Lung Cancer
Patients with advanced lung cancer who received early palliative care experienced longer median survival than those who only received palliative care near death, according to results of a randomized clinical trial published August 19, 2010, in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Related Treatment Information
Targeted Cancer Therapies
A fact sheet that describes targeted cancer therapies, which are drugs that interfere with specific molecules involved in cancer cell growth and survival.
A fact sheet that describes the process of eliminating the blood supply to tumors. Lists the cancers in which this approach is being tested.
Biological Therapies for Cancer
A fact sheet that provides an overview of how the immune system functions and describes the actions of biological therapies, such as monoclonal antibodies, cytokines, therapeutic vaccines, the bacterium bacillus Calmet-Guérin, cancer-killing viruses, gene therapy, and adoptive T-cell transfer.
Lasers in Cancer Treatment
A fact sheet that describes use of high-intensity light in cancer treatment, its advantages and disadvantages, and types of procedures that use it.
Photodynamic Therapy for Cancer
A fact sheet that explains photodynamic therapy, how it is administered, and indications and side effects of treatment.
Radiation Therapy for Cancer
A fact sheet that defines the different types of radiation therapy and discusses scientific advances that improve the effectiveness of this treatment.
A fact sheet about metastasis, the spread of cancer to other parts of the body. Discusses the diagnosis and treatment of cancer that has spread.