What are the drugs used in the treatment of lung cancer?

In the case of lung cancer there are numerous drugs that are used for treatment. These drugs are also divided into cytotoxic or anti cancer chemotherapy drugs and targeted therapy drugs that target cancer cells and kill them. The drugs used in treatment of chemotherapy and targeted therapy are listed below

Drugs used in chemotherapy treatments

Chemotherapy is a treatment that uses anti cancer or cytotoxic drugs to kill cancer cells. The drugs commonly used for lung cancer 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 and 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 used to treat patients with locally advanced or metastatic non small cell lung cancer

Erlotinib

Erlotinib is used to treat patients with non small cell lung cancer. ( stage not available )

Gefitinib

Gefitinib is used to treat patients who have locally advanced or metastatic non small cell lung cancer.

Osimertinib

Osimertinib is a drug that is used to treat patients with metastatic non small cell lung cancer

Bevacizumab

Bevacizumab is used to treat patients with metastatic non small cell lung cancer

Crizotinib

Crizotinib is used to treat patients with metastatic non-small lung cancer

Nivolumab

Nivolumab is used to treat patients with metastatic non small cell lung cancer


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