Expert Video - What are my options for treatment and management of small cell lung cancer (SCLC)?

Treatment options for small cell lung cancer depend on the stage or extent of the cancer, and may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Surgery is rarely used for patients with small cell lung cancer. If the small cell lung cancer occurs only in the chest, it’s called “limited stage” and treated with chemotherapy and radiation at the same time. If the cancer has spread outside the chest to other parts of the body it’s called “extensive stage”, and treated with chemotherapy. After chemotherapy, additional radiation therapy to the head may be given to lessen the risk that the cancer will spread to the brain.

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