What new treatments are available to help women survive lung cancer?

The prognosis of lung cancer in women, especially those with adenocarcinoma, is generally better than men. The biggest advances in lung cancer treatments are the development of targeted therapies and immunotherapy. Targeted therapies rely on detecting a specific mutation in lung cancer tissue that allows the cancer cells to survive and grow more effectively. Drugs that target these mutations block that survival advantage, causing the cancer cells to die more effectively. Therapies targeting the EGFR mutation were among the first such therapies to be successful in treating lung cancer. There also are advances in surgical techniques and radiation therapy techniques, which improve the care of lung cancer in both women and men.

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