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Advice for Treating Patients With Lung Cancer

Mark G. Kris, MD
Published Online:6:57 PM, Fri December 7, 2018

Mark G. Kris, MD, a medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses what is most important in treating patients with lung cancer today.

First, Kris says that at every decision point, physicians should look at all therapeutic options for each individual illness and patient. By not looking at these individual variations, patients are not receiving the more effective therapy that could be better for that individual person.

Kris also notes that a multiple modality concept should be used at this point in time as well. More options are available than before, such as surgery, ablation, or stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). Physicians should not simply be switching to different chemotherapy, EGFR agents, or tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs).

Moving forward, Kris urges physicians to consider all modalities available and to pull together a multiple modality team in order to come up with the best care for each individual patient.
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