Lung cancer

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Treatments for stage 0 non-small cell lung cancer

The following are treatment options for stage 0 non-small cell lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer israrely found in stage 0. Your healthcare team will suggest treatments based on your needs and work with you to develop a treatment plan.

Endobronchial therapies

Endobronchial therapies are the standard treatment for stage 0 tumours that are found in the lining of the airway tubes or the air sacs (alveoli) of the lung. Treatment options include:

  • electrocautery
  • cryosurgery
  • photodynamic therapy (PDT)

Surgery

Surgery is the standard treatment for stage 0 non-small cell lung cancer found in the outer tissues of the lung in people who are well enough to have surgery.

A wedge or segmental resection removes the tumour along with a margin of healthy tissue around the tumour.

Radiation therapy

Stereotactic body radiation therapy is used to treat stage 0 non-small cell lung cancer in people who have poor lung function and cannot have surgery.

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