Role of chemotherapy for palliation in the lung cancer patient

Shannon Stinnett, Laura Williams, David H. Johnson

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Abstract

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and presents with a constellation of common, often persistent, and severe symptoms. Chemotherapy is well known to impart a survival benefit; however, the benefit of chemotherapy for relief of lung cancer symptoms has been slow to gain recognition.Tumor-related symptoms such as pain, cough, and dyspnea are improved, along with constitutional symptoms such as fatigue and overall qualityof life, sometimes even after failure of previous regimens. The efficacy of chemotherapy for the relief of symptoms and improvement in quality of life makes these drugs a fundamental part of palliative care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-24
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Supportive Oncology
Volume5
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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