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Mission & Goals

  • To provide the latest information regarding lung cancer and its treatment to help improve patient outcomes.
  • To serve as a resource for medical directors to use to manage a population of patients with lung cancer.

Informational Websites

There are many websites that offer information and aid to anyone interested in learning about lung cancer. The list below contains links to websites, which contain valuable information and resources. If you're interested in checking out other informational websites, simply click on one of the links listed below.

National Cancer Institute

Lung Cancer Alliance

American Lung Association

Welcome To The Lung Cancer Resource Center

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer and the most common cause of cancer-related death in both men and women in the United States.1 In 2011, there will be an estimated 221,130 new cases and 156,940 deaths from lung cancer in the United States.2 Lung cancer is usually diagnosed in the later stages where there is not a curative option.3 Unfortunately, the 5 year overall survival (OS) rate declines and the rate of relapse increases with each stage. Five-year survival remains less than 20 percent.4

This site has been created for managed care medical directors to serve as an up-to-date resource center. It provides the latest information regarding lung cancer and the various techniques in use and being developed to help improve patient outcomes.

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is not one disease – there are various types. In general, lung cancer is divided into small cell and non small cell. Non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is further divided into adenocarcinoma, squamous cell, and large cell. An understanding of the underlying histology of an individual’s tumor has lead to therapy being selected based on the tumor histology.

Over the last 20 or 30 years, the epidemiology of lung cancer has changed.5 Fewer cases of small cell cancer now occur which is likely due to declines in the active smoking rate. Of all patients with small cell disease, the proportion of women increased from 28% in 1973 to 50% in 2002.5 Small cell lung cancer accounts for 13 percent of total cases compared with 17 percent in the past. For NSCLC, adenocarcinomas are now most frequent compared with squamous cell in the past.

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Types of Treatment

Treatment of lung cancer may include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, targeted therapies, and immune modulators. The treatment of NSCLC and SCLC have multiple differences. The consequences of the disease also require supportive treatments. For more information on these treatment types, click on one of the links below.

NSCLC Treatment

SCLC Treatment

Supportive Care


1. National Cancer Institute. A Snapshot of Lung Cancer. Available at

2. National Cancer Institute. What you need to know about lung cancer. Available at

3. Pisters KM, Le Chevalier T. Adjuvant chemotherapy in completely resected non-small-cell lung cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2005;23:3270-8.

4. Cancer Trends Progress Report – 2009/2010 Update, National Cancer Institute, NIH, DHHS, Bethesda, MD, April 2010,

5. Govindan R, Page N, Morgensztern D, et al. Changing epidemiology of small-cell lung cancer in the United States over the last 30 years: analysis of the surveillance, epidemiologic, and end results database. J Clin Oncol. 2006;24:4539-44.

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