Other Emerging Treatments

Scientist looking through microscopeCancer treatments are often changing and constantly improving. The following are emerging treatments for lung cancer:

Ablation therapiesTreatment involving destruction or removal of diseased tissue.: A way to destroy cells without surgery

Photodynamic therapy (PDT)A special chemical is injected into the blood stream that stays in cancer cells longer than regular cells. A laser activates the chemical in the cancer cells and kills them.: A special chemical is injected into the blood stream that stays in cancer cells longer than regular cells. A laser beam activates the chemical in the cancer cells and kills them.

Vaccine TherapyTumor cells are used to develop a vaccine and then injected into the person. The vaccine aims to make the immune system recognize the tumor as foreign and attack the cancer cells.: Tumor cells are used to develop a vaccine and then injected into the person. The vaccine aims to make the immune system recognize the tumor as foreign and attack the cancer cells.

Many of these emerging therapies are still being tested. Talk to your doctor about these treatment options. Participating in a clinical trial may give you access to new and emerging treatment options. Talk to your doctor to learn more about participating in a clinical trial.

Early detection of lung cancer can increase survival rates. Call the Lung Helpline at 1-800-LUNGUSA or talk to your doctor about lung cancer screening.