What are a lung cancer patient's treatment options?
A century ago, people diagnosed with lung cancer had few options. Surgery meant cutting open the patient's chest and removing an entire lung. While sometimes that type of procedure is still necessary today, surgeons are much more likely to operate through tiny incisions to remove just a lobe or a segment from the lung. Thoracic Oncology Program Medical Director Jason Wallen, MD, left, discusses treatment options for patients with the most prevalent type of lung cancer. He explains the importance of a multidisciplinary team approach and the factors that influence the treatment decision: the cancer's size and location, as well as the patient's condition and desires.