Doctors once thought non small cell lung cancer nsclc was one disease most people got the same treatment chemotherapy chemo especially if their cancer had spread to other parts of the body. New medical treatments called targeted therapies are becoming available for lung cancer unlike traditional chemotherapy these treatments target proteins on cancer cells or target normal cells that have been hijacked by the tumor in its attempts to growfor that reason they tend to have fewer side effects that many of the medications used for cancer. As researchers have learned more about the changes in non small cell lung cancer nsclc cells that help them grow they have developed newer drugs to specifically target these changes targeted drugs work differently from standard chemotherapy chemo drugs they sometimes work when chemo drugs don . Targeted therapy for non small cell lung cancer current standards and the promise of the future 80 non small cell lung cancer nsclc conversely treatment for small cell lung cancer remains chemotherapy based and whilst there are promising results with novel cytotoxics its platinum etoposide backbone holds strong . Non small cell lung cancer nsclc treatment options include surgery chemotherapy radiation therapy targeted therapy and immunotherapy laser therapy photodynamic therapy cryosurgery and electrocautery may be used learn more about nsclc in this expert reviewed summary
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