Only one third of patients with small cell lung cancer, present with limited stage disease. In earlier studies the average survival for these patients were only 3 to 4 months. Rapid appearance of distant metastasis was the main reason for the short expected life expectancy for these patients. Newer treatment regimes including combination of newer chemotherapy drugs and radiation therapy are changing this gloomy outlook on this disease.
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy of small cell lung cancer
Small cell lung cancer is usually sensitive to chemotherapy.
With treatment consisting of combination chemotherapy the average life span of patients with limited stage small cell lung cancer is.... |
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Prophylactic cranial irradiation
One of the problems in the treatment of small cell lung cancer is that, this cancer tends to spread to distant organs in the earlier phase of the disease. Cancer cells may have already harbored in distant organs by the time the treatment starts.....
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