Inhalation adjuvant therapy for lung cancer

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Abstract

Background: Lung cancer is the leading cause of new cancer cases and also is the number one cause of cancer death in both male and females in the United States and the world. Lung cancer is histologically separated into either small-cell (SCLC) or nonsmall-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). NSCLC is much more common, and can occur in the periphery (adenocarcinomas) or central airways (squamous cell carcinomas). Methods: The literature pertaining to lung cancer adjuvant therapy and inhalation lung cancer chemoprevention was reviewed. Results: It is argued that inhalation of chemotherapy as an adjuvant in Stage II NSCC and inhalation of chemopreventive agents in Stage I adenocarcinomas are direct paths to improve lung cancer therapy as well as demonstrate the ultility of inhalation therapy. Conclusions: If successful, inhalation delivery may be extended to the treatment of other types of lung cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-187
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2010

Keywords

  • adjuvant therapy
  • chemoprevention
  • chemotherapy
  • inhalation
  • lung cancer

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