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The treatment and management of lung cancer will depend on a number of factors, like the type of cancer, the stage, and your overall health. If you meet certain criteria, your treatment team may recommend tumor genotyping. This involves taking a sample of the tumor to look for genetic changes in the cancer cells. Certain genetic changes can be treated with new targeted therapy.

Treatment may involve the following:

References:

General information about non-small cell lung cancer. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/non-small-cell-lung/Patient/page1. Accessed September 28, 2012.

Genotyping and smart drugs: FAQs. Massachusetts General Hospital, Cancer Center website. Available at: http://www.massgeneral.org/cancer/news/faq.aspx . Accessed September 28, 2012.

Last reviewed September 2013 by Igor Puzanov, MD

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