Dr. Natasha Leighl, Ivy Elkins

In this video you will learn the answer to these questions:

1. What are the treatment options for EGFR-Positive lung cancer?
2. Could my kids inherit it?
3. What about immunotherapy?

Have You Been Diagnosed with Lung Cancer?

Are you or a loved one struggling with a diagnosis of EGFR-positive lung cancer? If so, it can be difficult to understand the treatments available and your risk for passing the disease on to your children. This video provides an overview of these important topics, including what treatment options are available and whether your kids could inherit it.

What is EGFR-Positive Lung Cancer and How is it Treated?

EGFR-positive lung cancer, also known as epidermal growth factor receptor-positive lung cancer, is a type of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that has a mutation in the gene that codes for the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). The mutation makes the tumor cells grow abnormally, leading to excessive cell growth and spread. When it comes to treating EGFR-positive lung cancer, doctors may look at several factors when determining which type of therapy is best for each patient. For some patients, chemotherapy might be recommended. However, targeted therapies have had success in many cases of this type of NSCLC. Targeted treatments work by blocking signals from the mutated genes which stop tumor cells from growing and dividing abnormally. Some EGFR inhibitors are available in pill form, making them easy for patients to take without having to undergo additional invasive procedures.

Can I Pass it on to My Kids?

When it comes to inheritance danger for one’s children or grandchildren, if an EGFR-positive patient does pass away from their illness or passes away later due to late effects, there is still no evidence that this form of mutation can be inherited by their children or grandchildren. There may still be some risks associated with inheriting other genetic mutations which can increase a person’s risk of developing this same type of cancer in future generations; however, research into this field is ongoing and more information will become available over time.

If you’ve been diagnosed with EGFR-positive lung cancer, treatment options do exist such as chemotherapy and targeted treatments. Targeted therapy using EGFR inhibitors which may help slow the abnormal cell growth and spread associated with this particular condition. It does not pose any harm to future generations in terms of inherited genetic mutations. It’s important to consult with a physician about all your options so you can find the treatment plan that works best for you!