What is Lung Cancer?

Lung cancer begins in the lungs and can spread to other parts of the body. Cancer from other parts of the body can spread to the lungs as well. Symptoms of lung cancer include pain in the chest, coughing up blood, fatigue, weight loss, difficulty breathing, and wheezing.

Treatment for lung cancer includes chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery to remove the tumor. Common drug classes used to treat lung cancer are EGFR inhibitors, kinase inhibitors, nucleoside metabolic inhibitors, topoisomerase inhibitors, and VEGF antibodies.

Savings Tips for Lung Cancer

  • Lung Cancer Screening Now Covered by Medicare

    February 19, 2015

    In the United States, lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that 28% of all deaths from cancer in the U.S. are from lung cancer. The average 5-year lung cancer survival is among the poorest of all cancers (17%) because sadly the majority of patients are diagnosed with advanced disease.

    Well, can I be screened for lung cancer? Yes, and as of this month Medicare coverage will be provided for screening for lung cancer with low dose computed tomography (LDCT). See More

  • High Costs Are Threatening Cancer Care

    September 23, 2014

    Many folks with cancer in the United States have a chemotherapy option their insurance won’t pay for, or a copayment they can’t afford. The American Society of Clinical Oncology released a report in 2014 outlining the threat of the high cost of treatment to cancer care in America.

    What’s going on here?

    • Cancer drugs are expensive, and Medicare reimbursement levels for them are lower.
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Popular Lung Cancer Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Antifolates 38 See Prices
EGFR Inhibitors 7,268 See Prices
Kinase Inhibitors 14,175 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Lung Cancer Drug Classes

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