Radiation Therapy For Lung Cancer
Radiation therapy occupies an important role in the treatment of all types of lung cancer. In NSCLC patients, RT is commonly delivered in conjunction with surgery, particularly in patients undergoing surgery found to have disease involvement in regional lymph nodes (view paper). Often such patients are treated with concomitant chemoradiotherapy (view paper).
Radiotherapy may be used alone in patients with early stage lung cancer patients in place of surgery (view paper) or in combination with chemotherapy in patients with locally advanced tumors not amenable to surgery (view paper).
Small cell lung cancers are most commonly treated with a combination of systemic chemotherapy and consolidative chest irradiation (view paper). In select patients, treatment may also include prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI) in order to reduce the incidence of disease spread to the brain and improve survival (view paper).
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