Why is biomarker testing important?
Biomarker testing at diagnosis can help determine the treatment options that are the right fit for you. Different types of treatment are available for patients with non-small cell lung cancer and can include:
For metastatic lung cancers that do not carry biomarkers or mutations, your doctor may prescribe chemotherapy.
- Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs to kill the cancer cells or stop them from growing. Systemic chemotherapy treatment is typically infused or sometimes injected into a vein. The drugs enter the bloodstream and can reach cancer cells throughout the body.
- After starting certain types of chemotherapy, if the cancer continues to progress, your doctor may prescribe other treatment options.
For lung cancers where a biomarker has been identified, your doctor may prescribe a targeted therapy.
- Targeted therapies are specific treatments designed to block the growth and spread of these specific types of cancer cells.
- Your doctor may prescribe other treatment options to partner with your targeted therapy.
Although metastatic cancer is a more severe stage, there are treatments available to help.