Lung cancer is a disease in which cancer cells grow in the lungs. Cancer occurs when cells in the body divide without control or order. Normally, cells divide in a regulated manner. If cells keep dividing uncontrollably when new cells are not needed, a mass of tissue forms, called a growth or tumor.
Chemotherapy is a lung cancer treatment that uses specialized drugs taken orally or intravenously to kill or stop cancer cells from growing. Often administered in addition to surgery and/or radiation therapy, chemotherapy can be used for patients diagnosed at various stages of the disease.
Unlike radiation and surgery that target a localized area in the body, chemotherapy is a systemic treatment that enters the bloodstream and kills cancer cells all over the body. This makes it a useful treatment for cancers that have metastasized or spread to various organs.
There are a variety of ways that physicians use chemotherapy to treat lung cancer:
Moore Regional Hospital offers chemotherapy, oral chemotherapy, radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), image-guided radiation therapy, high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy, surgery, biologic therapy, monoclonal antibody therapy, clinical trials and support for patients with lung cancer. The FirstHealth Chest Center is a nationally recognized lung cancer treatment center with patient outcomes that surpass national averages.
We provide lung cancer treatment at our cancer center in NC to patients in the Pinehurst, Raeford, Sanford, Rockingham, Laurinburg, Troy, Lumberton regions and beyond.