What is the outlook for people with lung cancer?

Your healthcare providers will help you understand what to expect after cancer treatment in terms of follow-up care, lifestyle changes, and making important health-related decisions.

If lung cancer is localized or regional and treatment has been administered with the intention of curing the cancer, follow-up testing will be performed to ensure the cancer does not recur. You also will be assessed for side effects related to the treatment received, and treatment will be offered to help with any related symptoms.

Follow-up in patients whose lung cancer is metastatic and/or treatment is intended to improve the quality of life and extend life. Tests done over time will determine how the cancer is responding to treatment, and to monitor for side effects from therapy. The length of treatment or the need to change therapies will be determined by these follow-up tests.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/10/2019.

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