Treatment for advanced lung cancer

Treatment can help to reduce symptoms, make you feel better, and sometimes can help you to live longer. Find out about the different types of treatment you might have, when you might have them, and about possible side effects. Get information about making decisions about treatment.

Making decisions about advanced cancer treatment

Treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy can sometimes help to reduce symptoms of advanced cancer.

Treating symptoms of advanced lung cancer

There are a number of different symptoms that you might experience with advanced lung cancer. There are treatments available that can try to make you feel more comfortable. 

Chemotherapy for advanced cancer

Find out about chemotherapy for advanced lung cancer, including how you have it, and the drugs that might be used.

Targeted drug treatment for advanced cancer

Find out about having targeted drug treatment for advanced lung cancer and the drugs used.

Radiotherapy for advanced cancer

Radiotherapy uses high energy x-rays to kill cancer cells. It can help to reduce the symptoms of advanced lung cancer.

Treatments to help you breathe

Advanced lung cancer can cause problems with your breathing. There are some treatments that can help you breathe more easily. 


Cryotherapy is a treatment for advanced lung cancer that freezes cancer cells. It can shrink a tumour that is blocking an airway.

Tube to keep the airway open (airway stent)

Find out about having a tube (stent) put into the airway to help you breathe.

Last reviewed: 
03 Dec 2019
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