By Carl Gay, MD, PhD, as told to Hallie Levine

When patients hear the term “inoperable lung cancer,” they often think that that means their cancer is incurable. But thanks to advances in treatment over the last several years, this diagnosis doesn’t mean a death sentence. There are many treatments available to slow its spread, and sometimes even put you in remission entirely.


There are a few reasons why a patient might have inoperable lung cancer:

  • Your cancer has spread. If you have stage III or stage IV lung cancer, it may have spread (metastasized) beyond your lungs to your chest wall, heart,…


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