Lung Cancer Chemotherapy

What is Chemotherapy for Lung Cancer?

For many lung cancer patients, chemotherapy is an important part of treatment. Chemotherapy uses drugs to destroy lung cancer cells and tumors elsewhere in the body, and may be used in your treatment in the following ways:

  • Before surgery to destroy cancer cells.
  • After surgery or radiation to target cancer cells that were not removed during lung cancer surgery, and to help prevent the cancer from spreading to other parts of your body.
  • As a primary treatment for locally advanced or metastatic lung cancer so that the chemotherapy drugs are circulated through the bloodstream to attack cancer cells anywhere in the body.