Chemotherapy is the main treatment for small cell lung cancer. There are a number of different drugs.

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Making treatment decisions

Your doctors may tell you there are different options for your treatment. It can be difficult to make a decision, but information and support will help.


Radiotherapy may be used alongside chemotherapy to treat small cell lung cancer. It can also be used on its own to ease symptoms.

Surgery for lung cancer

Surgery is usually only possible for people with small cell lung cancer when the cancer is found very early and is limited.

Tumour ablation

Ablation treatments use heat or laser light to treat very early stage lung cancer.

Clinical trials

Many people are offered a trial as part of treatment. Find out more to help you decide if a trial is right for you.