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The treatment and management of lung cancer will depend on a number of factors, like the type of cancer, the stage, and your overall health. If you meet certain criteria, your treatment team may recommend tumor genotyping. This involves taking a sample of the tumor to look for genetic changes in the cancer cells. Certain genetic changes can be treated with new targeted therapy.

Treatment may involve the following:

Lifestyle changesChemotherapyRadiation therapySurgeryMedicationsOther treatments

Revision Information

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