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Denise has over 30 years of varying experience in the healthcare arena.  In August 2009 she joined The Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education as one of its first employees.  She has grown with the organization and now oversees the operational movement of programs, efficiency, and effectiveness within the organization, as well as the daily processes and functions.  


Lung Cancer Video Library - Spanish Language: Video #43 The Treatment of Early Stage Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Denise Brock


We are pleased to continue this series of informational videos for our Spanish speaking community.  GRACE is pleased to welcome Dr. Rafael Santana-Davila, Assistant Professor with the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.  In this 43rd video for the Spanish lung cancer video library, Dr. Santana-Davila joined GRACE to discuss  the treatment of early stage non-small cell lung cancer.



Tratamiento de Cancer de Células no Pequeñas Cuando Están en un Estadio Temprano

Treatment of Early Stage Non-small Cell Lung Cancer


Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Washington Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Seattle, Washington



El cancer de pulmón cuando se encuentra en estadio I o II, el mejor tratamiento es cirugía tratando de quitar el cancer. En la mayoría de las veces, lo que se hace es llevar el paciente a cirugía, quitar el cancer de donde está quitando todo el lóbulo del pulmón y muchos de los ganglios de alrededor. Si los ganglios no están involucrados, el tratamiento es quirúrgico sin ninguno otro tratamiento adicional. Si los ganglios están involucrados, se dará también quimioterapia adyuvante después de la cirugía para erradicar pequeñas células que estén en otros lados del cuerpo. El objetivo del tratamiento es tratar de curar al paciente.

El problema de muchos pacientes es que la cirugía puede ser muy peligrosa porque el pulmón de estos pacientes no es sano y quitar un lóbulo de un pulmón pude ser muy dañino. En estos casos, también se puede tratar con una radiación local. 



When the lung cancer is in stage one or two, the best treatment is surgery to try to remove the cancer. In most cases, the patient goes into surgery where they eliminate the cancer by removing the lobe of the lung and some of the lymph nodes nearby. If the lymph nodes are not involved, the treatment is only surgical. However, if the lymph nodes are involved, after the surgery the patient has to take adjuvant chemotherapy to eradicate small cells that are in other parts of the body. The main goal is to try to cure the patient.

The problem in some patients is that surgery can be very dangerous because the lung in these patients is not a healthy lung, so by removing its lobe can be quite harmful. In these cases, the treatment can be just local radiation.

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