Lung Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

25. Are there any new chemotherapy drugs available to treat lung cancer?

Various combinations of new drugs with traditional agents, such as cisplatin and carboplatin, are now either in clinical trials or have reported early results of the trials.

Other researchers are working to develop drugs called "molecularly targeted agents" which kill cancer cells by targeting key molecules involved in cancer cell growth. One of these drugs, called Avastin™, helped patients live a few months longer when it was combined with traditional chemotherapy.