Lung Cancer Treatment

Hematology and Oncology Specialists located in East Lansing and Charlotte, MI

Lung Cancer Treatment services offered in East Lansing and Charlotte, MI

In recent years, more women and men have died of lung cancer than any other type of cancer. This only makes it more important to get your lung cancer treatment from the highly experienced team at Red Cedar Oncology. Carol Rapson, MD, and Anthony Brandau, DO, specialize in today's cutting-edge treatments for all types of lung cancer, including advanced cases. Whether you need immunotherapy, targeted drug therapy, or chemotherapy, they provide comprehensive care and support. To schedule an appointment, call the office in East Lansing or Charlotte, Michigan, or book online today.

Lung Cancer Treatment Q & A

What symptoms appear if I need lung cancer treatment?

Smoking, together with exposure to secondhand smoke, causes 90% of all lung cancer cases. Nonsmokers can get lung cancer from inhaling substances such as asbestos, radon, diesel exhaust, and air pollution.

If you have lung cancer, you may experience:

  • Chronic cough
  • Cough that produces blood
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Chest pain
  • Hoarseness
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss

By the time these symptoms appear, you shouldn't wait to seek treatment because there's a good chance your lung cancer has already reached an advanced stage.

 

Does lung cancer treatment depend on the type?

Though you may have one of several rare lung cancers, most people have one of the two major types, non-small cell and small cell.

Non-small cell lung cancer accounts for 80-85% of all cases. Small cell cancer spreads quickly. As a result, it often spreads before it's diagnosed.

The two types share many of the same treatments. However, there are a few exceptions.

 

What lung cancer treatment will I need?

As medical oncologists, the Red Cedar Oncology team specializes in treatments other than surgery and radiation therapy. 

Surgery may be possible in the early stage of non-small cell lung cancer, but it’s rarely used to treat small cell lung cancer. Both types of lung cancer may need radiation therapy, either as the primary treatment or combined with chemotherapy.

Your Red Cedar Oncology provider specializes in the following lung cancer treatments:

 

Chemotherapy

Small-cell lung cancer usually requires chemotherapy, with or without radiation therapy or immunotherapy. Your provider may recommend chemotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer before or after surgery, for advanced cancers that can't be removed with surgery, or metastatic lung cancer.

 

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy uses innovative medications that strengthen the immune system's ability to fight lung cancer. Your provider may recommend immunotherapy for both types, but it only works for some cancers with specific criteria.

 

Targeted drug therapy

Your provider may offer drug therapy for non-small cell lung cancer. These medications often work when chemotherapy doesn't.

These medications kill the cancer cells by precisely targeting different functions. For example, one drug stops blood vessel growth in the tumor, and another blocks proteins that make the cancer grow.

When you need a compassionate and skilled medical oncologist, call Red Cedar Oncology or book an appointment online today.