Treatment Information

The Lung Cancer Disease Pathway

Pathways are a quality improvement tool for the Ontario cancer system. Cancer Care Ontario has a great info page on pathways, what they are, how they're developed, and what they're good for.

Positron Emission Tomography

A PET scan allows study of body function; it can help detect changes in biochemical processes that may suggest disease before physical changes can be seen by other imaging tests such as CT or MRI procedures. LCC co-founder Dr Yee Ung wrote a brief post about the advent of Positron Emission Tomography.

Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Early Stage Lung Cancer

The main modalities of treatment in lung cancer include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. In general, early stage lung cancer is treated with surgery, with more advanced stages managed with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. Recently, the management of early stage lung cancer has evolved. To learn more, please read Dr Sunil Verma's article on Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Early Stage Lung Cancer.

Radiation in Lung Cancer Treatment

Like surgery, radiation can be used either to try to cure lung cancer or to improve the quality of a patient's life. Radiation treatments may be done to treat cancer that has spread within, but not beyond, the lung, to improve your chances of recovery by killing cancer cells that remain after surgery, or to treat cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. Please read this article by Dr Judith Balogh for a more in-depth description of the role radiation plays in lung cancer treatment.

EGFR Mutations

Looking for information about Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) mutations in lung cancer? LCC has produced a document containing information for people who have been diagnosed with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). If you have advanced NSCLC, it is very important to be aware of all your treatment options. A key part of this is finding out if the tumour is "EGFR mutation-positive" or "EGFR mutation-negative." Please read or download the PDF to find out more about EGFR mutations and mutation testing.