Voices of lung cancer

Voices are powerful. Hear the voices of those touched by lung cancer, or who work in the field of lung cancer. Learn more about types of lung cancer, testing, diagnosis and treatment. Download a checklist of questions to ask your doctor if you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed.

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about types of lung cancer, testing, diagnosis and treatment

Lisa, Martin and Jess have been diagnosed with lung cancer, but could they have different types of lung cancer.

That's correct - there are different types of lung cancer.

Actually, there are different types of lung cancer.

Why is this important?

Because different types need different treatment approaches.

Doctors may use a genetic test to find out if Lisa, Martin or Jess have a specific mutation with their type of cancer.

Note: In squamous cell carcinoma testing is only recommended for non-smokers.

When is it important that doctors test for a genetic mutation?

Correct! It is important that tests are carried out before starting the first treatment, so patients can receive therapy tailored to their specific needs.

However, tests are also carried out once treatment has been started to adapt the treatment approach if needed.

It is actually important that tests are carried out before starting the first treatment, so patients can receive therapy tailored to their specific needs.

However, tests are also carried out once treatment has been started to adapt the treatment approach if needed.

Once Doctors know the test results, they can choose the appropriate treatment.

For adenocarcinoma, which is the most common type of non-small cell lung cancer, there are many types of mutation a patient could have, including EGFR, ALK and ROS1.

If Martin, Lisa or Jess’ therapy stops working, are there other treatment options they could consider with their doctor?

Yes, for many patients there are more options even when the first treatment stops working, however the sequence of treatments is important. Martin, Lisa and Jess’ doctors should consider both their first and subsequent options before treatment starts.

For many patients there are actually more options even when the first treatment stops working, however the sequence of treatments is important. Martin, Lisa and Jess’ doctors should consider both their first and subsequent options before their treatment starts.

If you’d like to prepare for a discussion with a doctor, download this checklist of questions.

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If you would like to find out more about lung cancer you could visit:

Lung Cancer Europe
www.lungcancereurope.eu

References:

1. Barzi A and Pennell NA. Targeting angiogenesis in non-small cell lung cancer: agents in practice and clinical development. European J Clin Med Oncol 2010. 2(1):31-42. Available online at: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4014113/ [Last accessed May 2017]

2. Howlader, N, et al. SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2010, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD, http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2010/, based on November 2012 SEER data submission, posted to the SEER web site, 2013. [Last accessed May 2017]

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