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The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Chemotherapy for Lung Cancer

At Johns Hopkins, our lung cancer doctors provide innovative treatments, including the latest chemotherapy agents and emerging therapies that target very specific cancer cells. As one of the premier research institutions in the country, we have access to the latest therapies available to manage and care for lung cancer.

We offer you the effective treatments you need, along with support services to help you through your treatment.

Chemotherapy at Johns Hopkins

Chemotherapy is a lung cancer treatment that uses drugs to destroy cancer cells. We often use it in combination with other cancer treatments, such as surgeries to remove tumors and radiation therapy. Chemotherapy can also help relieve the pain and discomfort caused by advanced lung cancer.

We offer a variety of chemotherapy treatments including:

  • Neoadjuvant chemotherapy: This treatment takes place before lung cancer surgery or radiation therapy to destroy cancer cells as much as possible, with the aim of shrinking the size of the tumor. With a smaller tumor, our doctors can often perform a minimally invasive surgery to remove the tumor, rather than a more invasive open surgery.
  • Adjuvant chemotherapy: We use this treatment after surgery or radiation therapy to target cancer cells that were not destroyed during surgery. This technique targets hidden cancer cells that weren’t visible during surgery or radiation, reducing the risk of reoccurrence.
  • Concurrent chemotherapy: This treatment approach uses chemotherapy along with other cancer treatments such as radiation therapy. In some patients, this leads to better outcomes.

In addition to chemotherapy, we offer the full range of lung cancer treatments including targeted therapy and immunotherapy for lung cancer.