It’s rare for cancer to go away on its own without treatment; in almost every case, treatment is required to destroy the cancer cells. That’s because cancer cells do not function the way normal cells do. While normal cells can stop growing and will die off if they become displaced, cancer cells grow continuously and can break away to spread to other parts of the body. As such, lung cancer without treatment leads to the tumor continuing to grow and spreading throughout the body.
Treatment for lung cancer
Lung cancer treatment is highly individualized, as the optimal plan depends on the type, stage, location and makeup of the cancer. An oncologist will also take the patient’s age, symptoms, overall health and preferences into account as well. Treatment may entail:
- Radiation therapy
- Surgery, such as a wedge resection, segmental resection, lobectomy or pneumonectomy
- Photodynamic therapy
- Clinical trials
Treating lung cancer at Moffitt Cancer Center
Patients who come to Moffitt Cancer Center for lung cancer treatment have access to a wide range of specialists, including highly experienced pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists. These specialists collaborate to develop individualized treatment plans for each patient and meet collectively as a tumor board to discuss their patients’ cases. This ensures our patients receive the expertise of multiple specialists who are widely regarded as the leaders in their respective fields.
What’s more, at Moffitt, we know that a cancer journey is not just physical; it’s also emotional. That’s why we have supportive care specialists who offer counseling services, tobacco treatment, spiritual guidance, advance care planning and other helpful services. You won’t be alone in your cancer journey.