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Just diagnosed with lung cancer

Once a number of tests have been completed, it should be possible to work out what stage your cancer is, what this means for your treatment and whether it is possible to completely cure the cancer.

Your treatment for lung cancer should be overseen by a group of specialists who will diagnose the stage of your cancer and plan the best treatment.

The type of treatment you will receive for lung cancer depends on several factors including:

  • the type of lung cancer you have (non-small cell or small cell)
  • the size and position of the cancer
  • how far advanced your cancer is (the stage)
  • your overall health.

Deciding what treatment is best for you can be difficult. Your specialist will make recommendations, but the final decision will be yours.

Cancer Council Australia can provide more information on lung cancer through their website www.cancer.org.au, or by calling their helpline on 13 11 20.

Sources: Cancer Council Australia (homepage), NHS Choices, UK (Diagnosing lung cancer, Treating lung cancer)

Last reviewed: August 2015

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