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Chemotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)

Chemotherapy is often the treatment of choice for those with advanced lung cancer. Sometimes chemotherapy is recommended to reduce the size of the tumor prior to surgery (neoadjuvant chemotherapy) and/or may be used after surgery (adjuvant chemotherapy).

Learn about NSCLC chemotherapy

Chemotherapy for NSCLC (American Cancer Society)

Chemotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer (MacMillan Cancer Support)

How is chemotherapy given(

Chemotherapy drugs commonly used to treat NSCLC (all unless otherwise specified)

Paraplatin (carboplatin) 

Platinol (cisplatin) 

Taxol (paclitaxel) 

Abraxane (paclitaxel protein-bound) and (Celgene)

Taxotere (docetaxil) 

VP-16 (etoposide)

Gemzar (gemcitabine)

Navelbine (vinorelbine tartrate)

Alimta (pemetrexed) and (Lilly)


Preparing for chemotherapy

Preparing for chemo treatments (Chemocare) 

Understanding Chemotherapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (American Cancer Society) 

A checklist of questions to ask your doctor or nurse (American Cancer Society) 

Support for people with cancer: Chemotherapy and you (National Cancer Institute)


See also:

Targeted Therapies

Side effects of chemotherapy