How Is Metastatic Lung Cancer Treated?
Treatment for metastatic lung cancer, or lung cancer that has spread beyond the lungs to another area of the body, will vary from patient to patient. There are several variables that can influence treatment, such as the patient’s age, overall health and what part of the body the cancer has traveled to. In general, treatment plans focus on slowing or stopping the spread of cancer cells and reducing the patient’s symptoms to help improve quality of life.
Metastatic lung cancer treatment options at Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt Cancer Center’s Thoracic Oncology Program is led by physicians who focus exclusively on lung malignancies. Here, lung cancer experts from multiple clinical specialties collaborate to ensure our treatment plans are individualized to the specific needs of each patient. There are several approaches to treating metastatic lung cancer, but many treatment plans include a combination of:
- Immunotherapies to leverage the body’s ability to fight disease
- Targeted drug therapy to attack cancer cells with specific gene mutations
- Chemotherapy to slow the systemic growth of cancer cells
Supportive care services such as counseling, nutritional guidance and pain management are also available in the same location as treatment to help patients cope with the emotional and physical challenges of a cancer diagnosis.
The overall prognosis for patients with metastatic lung cancer continues to improve as new therapies are introduced. Moffitt remains dedicated to improving patient outcomes, as we spearhead ambitious research initiatives and a clinical trials program that allows patients to experience breakthrough treatments before they are made widely available. Our efforts have resulted in designation from the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, and we are the only such center based in Florida.
Contact Moffitt at 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online to speak with a physician about your metastatic lung cancer treatment options. A referral is not required to visit Moffitt.