One of the goals of oncology doctors and patients is to control the spread of lung cancer, leading to remission and longer life. One of the hallmarks of advanced lung is the spread of the disease to other parts of the body. When cancer spreads to another part of the body, it is called metastasis or secondary cancer. Advanced lung cancer is most likely to spread to the bones, liver, lymph nodes, brain, and adrenal glands. Effective treatment can shrink cancer as well as stop it from growing. It is understandable that all patients want to control the spread of lung cancer and help force it into remission. The type of treatment for lung cancer depends on the specific kind of lung cancer, where it has spread, and the treatment that has already been administered. The top three treatments to encourage lung cancer remission include targeted drugs, such as Zykadia, Portrazza, and Cyramza. Ask these questions when searching out the latest lung cancer treatments.

Can biological therapies treat my lung cancer?

Biological therapies stop cancer cells from growing and dividing and encourages the immune system to attack cancer cells. Depending on how far the cancer has spread, doctors may recommend biological therapy medication. 

What chemotherapy drugs are right for treating my lung cancer?

There’s a wide range of chemotherapy drugs, and many can be combined in order to better treat specific types of lung cancer. Doctors can help patients decide which chemotherapy drugs may be right for treatment.

Will I need surgery to treat my lung cancer?

Some patients can greatly benefit from different types of surgeries in order to treat lung cancer. These surgeries remove or destroy tumors, and are usually followed up by radiation, chemotherapy, or a combination of medications.

Are there any drug trials I can try to treat lung cancer?

There are many types of trials and experimental treatments that patients can sign up for and see if they qualify. Some trials are for chemotherapy drugs, combinations of drugs, biological therapies, and more. Patients can consult databases of experimental treatments for more information. 

How do I know if my lung cancer has gone into remission?

When the medical community uses the term “remission,” this means that the disease has been active for a minimum of one month. 

What types of remission are there?

While complete remission from lung cancer is the most desired outcome, there are also partial remission and spontaneous remission. Partial remission means that the lung cancer has greatly decreased in size but is still detectable. Spontaneous remission means that the cancer has gone into remission without any specific treatment, such as radiation, chemotherapy, or immunotherapy.

Does remission mean that my lung cancer is cured?

While remission means that the cancer cells have massively decreased, there may still be cancer cells present. While we have the technology to detect cancer cells, some may go undetected.

Can my lung cancer come back?

Even if cancer goes into remission, it may still return at a later time. This is called “recurrence,” and there’s no way to predict whether or not it will happen.