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The newest treatments for lung cancer are medications that interfere with the growth and spread of abnormal cells. These “targeted therapies” may be used alone or in combination with chemotherapy, radiation therapy or advanced bronchoscopy. They are sometimes referred to as molecular-targeted drugs because they focus on specific changes that occur inside cells when they become cancerous. Common targeted therapies for patients with non-small cell lung cancer include:
When Ivy Elkins, a non-smoker, learned she had metastatic lung cancer, she thought she had just a few months to live. Targeted treatments shrunk the tumors and stopped the cancer from spreading. Years after the diagnosis, Elkins is enjoying life and advocating for lung cancer awareness and research.Watch Video Watch Video With Transcript