Lung Cancer Treatment
At UnityPoint Health Cancer Services – Methodist, you'll find a care team dedicated to helping you understand your lung cancer treatment options. From the moment you schedule a screening, we're here to help you navigate tests, appointments and decisions.
Our care goes beyond medical treatment. We connect you with financial and community resources to help you and your family during treatment and into recovery.
Lung Cancer Treatment at Methodist
At Methodist, you'll find experts who help you understand how therapies work and how you are progressing. We support your well-being during treatment with:
- Leading treatment options: We offer safe and effective new treatments. Options such as immunotherapy and targeted therapy treat cancer while keeping side effects to a minimum.
- Clinical trials: Clinical trials may offer access to new and developing therapies. Ask your doctor about our current open clinical trials.
- Expertise: Specially trained oncologists, radiologists, nurses and care navigators are here to support and guide you through each step of your treatment.
- Support: Our cancer navigator team and cancer support services help you understand your tests and treatment. They assist you during your care and through your recovery.
Lung Cancer Treatment Options
New treatments exist for every type and stage of lung cancer. Our lung cancer treatment options include:
- Immunotherapy drugs: These medications use the power of your immune system. Immunotherapy drugs improve your body's ability to recognize and destroy cancer cells.
- Targeted therapy: Doctors developed these medications to slow the growth of cancer cells. Targeted therapy drugs work by blocking the growth of new blood vessels in the tumor.
- Clinical trials: Medical researchers learn about the safety and effectiveness of new treatments through clinical trials. Read more about research and clinical trials at Methodist.
- Radiation oncology: These therapies use radiation to slow the growth of cancer cells or destroy cancer cells. Doctors may recommend radiation to ease symptoms.
- Chemotherapy: Doctors may recommend chemotherapy before surgery (neoadjuvant) to shrink tumors and make cancer easier to remove. It is sometimes used after surgery (adjuvant) to destroy remaining cancer cells. Chemotherapy is a primary treatment for certain types and stages of lung cancer.
How Are Treatment Decisions Made?
Your doctors review available therapies, which are specific to each type and stage of lung cancer. We'll explain your options and how each type of therapy may affect you and your family.
At Methodist, we follow the highest standards when it comes to your lung cancer treatment. Because of this commitment, we follow National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines® when making treatment recommendations. These guidelines are developed by cancer experts who study the effectiveness and safety of lung cancer treatments.
What Happens After Treatment?
Your treatment may end, or you may need ongoing regular treatment. Either way, you are a survivor. Our cancer navigation team stays with you through your long-term treatment and beyond.
You'll be able to attend a survivorship clinic or one of our other cancer support groups. If you need referrals to physical therapy or other services, we'll make sure they're in place. Your survivorship plan includes:
- Records of all imaging and treatments
- Information on the side effects of past or ongoing treatment
- Lists of follow-up screenings and tests
- Tools you need to stay physically and mentally healthy
Get the cancer support services you need, easily. Call 309-672-4224 to connect with one of our helpful cancer navigators.