Knowing your stage of cancer is essential to helping your treatment team figure out the best approach to tackling your lung cancer, says Russell K. Hales, M.D. But stage alone doesn't drive recommendations for treatment.
“A stage is only a part of the whole person. A person's overall health is also going to drive our recommendations. We want our therapy to be as targeted, and as direct as possible at controlling a tumor, but we can't do that at the expense of giving a therapy that's more than a patient can tolerate,” says Hales, a radiation oncologist at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center on the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus. “As a result, we evaluate a patient's overall health, in making a decision. And we also, most importantly, put the patient in the driver's seat. In that sense, they are the ones making a decision, as to what therapy they would like.”
Find out more from Dr. Hales about lung cancer, treatments for it, and innovative new research to help lung cancer patients in the free webinar, Lung Cancer: Serious Treatment for a Serious Cancer.