Drugs in lung cancer treatment

What are the drugs in lung cancer treatment?

In the case of lung cancer, there are numerous drugs for treatment. These drugs comprise cytotoxic and targeted therapy drugs. Cytotoxic drugs are anti-cancer chemotherapy drugs. While the other are drugs that target cancer cells and kill them  The drugs in lung cancer treatment can be for either chemotherapy or targeted therapy.  Find them below.

Picture of a doctor holding a chemotherapy drug

Drugs used in chemotherapy treatments

Chemotherapy is a treatment that uses anti-cancer or cytotoxic drugs to kill cancer cells. The common drugs for treatment include:

CYTOTOXIC DRUGS:

  1. Etoposide
  2. Carboplatin
  3. Cisplatin
  4. Paclitaxel
  5. Pemetrexed
  6. Vinblastine
  7. Vinorelbine
  8. Gemcitabine

Drugs used in targeted therapies for lung cancer

Targeted therapy is a treatment that targets cancer cells. More importantly, it kills them by blocking proteins it pathways that help them grow and divide. The following drugs are used in target therapy for lung cancer.

Afatinib

Afatinib is for patients with locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer.

Erlotinib

Erlotinib is for patients with non-small cell lung cancer.

Gefitinib

Gefitinib is for patients who have locally advanced or metastatic-small cell lung cancer.

Osimertinib

Osimertinib is a drug that is for patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer.

Bevacizumab

Bevacizumab is for patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer.

Crizotinib

Crizotinib is for patients with metastatic non-small lung cancer.

Nivolumab

Nivolumab is for patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer.

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