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Treating Lung Cancer at Emory Winship

Lung cancer is a disease in which cancer cells grow in the lungs. Lung cancer occurs when cells in the lung divide without control or order. Normally, cells divide in a regulated manner. If cells keep dividing uncontrollably when new cells are not needed, a mass of tissue forms, called a growth or tumor. The term cancer refers to malignant tumors, which can invade nearby tissue and can spread to other parts of the body. A benign tumor does not invade or spread.

Depending on the type and stage of lung cancer treatment options may vary. In most cases one or a combination of the following methods will be used:

  • Surgery 
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy



Learn about Lung Cancer Clinical Trials at Emory Winship Cancer Institute

View one of our lung cancer experts talk about advances in lung cancer treatment on YouTube

Dr. Suresh Ramalingam on the details of a phase three trial of the drug crizotinib for treatment of a specific type of non-small cell lung cancer. The treatment would either be in addition or possibly as a replacement for chemotherapy. Ramalingam is with the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, one of the sites of a national research trial.

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