Non-small cell lung cancer is not the same in every person. There are three sub-types of non-small cell lung cancer, including adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and large cell carcinoma. These sub-types are grouped according to the type of lung cancer cell and DNA mutation (or change) that has caused lung cancer to grow.
At diagnosis, you should have genetic or molecular testing of your lung cancer to help doctors identify if you have a DNA change/mutation in your lung cancer cells, that could be treated with a targeted therapy.
It’s important to know your sub-type so that your healthcare team can find the best treatment option for you.
What is non-small cell lung cancer? Non-small cell lung cancer is a type of lung cancer that accounts for about eighty-five per cent of all cases. There’s a variety of different subtypes and a variety of mutations that have caused that cancer to grow. My name’s Natasha and I live with EGFR lung cancer.
When you’re diagnosed, it’s important to get genetic or molecular testing done to determine what kind of cancer you specifically have because your healthcare team can then match the treatment to that particular type of lung cancer. I know that when I was first diagnosed, I had treatments available once I found out that I had the mutation, that have enabled me to live well for three years now. And I know that if my current treatment fails, there are additional options available, which have become available in the course of my journey, should I need them.
New research is providing new opportunities in terms of the advancements in treatments for different types of lung cancer, as more and more is learnt about this disease. Make sure you get the testing done so that your healthcare team can work with you to determine the best treatment for you. Lung Cancer Search and Rescue. Hope in every breath.
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