If lung cancer returns

For some people, lung cancer does return after treatment, which is known as a recurrence. Lung cancer is more likely to recur in the first five years following diagnosis. This is why it is important to have regular check-ups.

If the cancer recurs, your doctor will discuss your treatment options with you. These will depend on the type of lung cancer and where the cancer has recurred, as well as the stage and grade of the cancer.

It may also be necessary to have another biopsy to check for gene mutations. You may be offered the following:

  • recurrent non-small cell lung cancer – radiotherapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, or the option to join a clinical trial
  • recurrent small cell lung cancer – chemotherapy, radiotherapy or the option to participate in a clinical trial.

Listen to podcasts on Cancer Affects the Carer Too and Managing Cancer Fatigue


This information was last reviewed in November 2016.
View who reviewed this content
View our editorial policy

Support services

Life after cancer treatment
Webinars, exercise and nutrition, sexuality programs, and back-to-work support.

Coping with cancer?
Talk with a health professional or someone who has been there, or find a support group or forum.

Need legal and financial assistance?
Practical advice and support during and after treatment.

 

Cancer information

Fear of the cancer coming back
How to manage anxiety about recurrence

Your coping toolbox
Strategies for dealing with difficult situations

 

SHARE
TOP BACK TO TOP