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A 24-year-old member asked:

Can radiation therapy cure lung cancer by itself?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Yes: Radiation needs to be in very high doses, which is called radiosurgery, or stereotactic body radiotherapy (sbrt). Cyberknife sbrt for primary lung cancer has been successful in treating early stage lung cancer.
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Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 23 years experience
Surgery Stage I/II: Surgery is the standard of care for early stage lung cancer (either stage i and ii). Not only does surgery remove the entire tumor, but accurately determines the stage by removing the associated lymph nodes, and allows the pathologist to examine them. Although radiation has shown to be effective in patients who can't undergo surgery, there is little long term (> 5 years) data. See: cancer.Gov.
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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: In small cancers with no spread standard radiation and radiosurgery can cure lung cancer....But the standard of care is surgery. In more advanced cancer radiation can cure but is more effective with chemotherapy. I am referring to nonsmall cell types of lung cancer.
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Yes: Modern treatment planning allows for equal control in selected patients in select series; however, formal comparisons have not been made, and most consider surgery the standard.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Is radiation therapy for lung cancer painful?

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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
No: Radiation itself is not painful but can have side effects such as tiredness, skin irritation, cough, shortness of breath and low blood counts.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Are there different types of radiation therapy for lung cancer?

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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Yes: High-energy x-rays are the most common. Usually generated by the linear accelerator. It can be given over 6- 7 weeks daily for a curitive intent, 2-3 weeks for palliation, 3-5 fraction using radiosurgery linear accelator base or cyberknife radiosurgery for cure. Other forms of radiation are protons, high dose rate brachytherapy. These are less often used.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

How effective is radiation therapy for treating lung cancer?

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Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 41 years experience
Depends: Radiation is one method of treating lung cancer, and is effective if the lesion is small, and peripherally located. Once the lesion is treated, a scar will remain. This needs to be followed, since complete clearance can only be determined by surgical resection.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What can radiation therapy do for stage 3b lung cancer?

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Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 17 years experience
A lot: The updated long term results of rtog 9410 were published in 2011 in the journal of the national cancer institute. This study examined different regimens of radiation and chemotherapy in patients with stage iii lung cancer. They found that patients lived longer if they received chemotherapy and radiation at the same time as opposed to sequentially.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What kind of radiation therapy is best for lung cancer?

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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Standard Radiation: There is standard radiation, imrt, radiosurgery and proton beam. Standard of care is still using regular ionizing radiation when normal tissue is protected. In various situations you may need to use imrt or other techniques to protect normal tissue. Standard radiation also works better with chemotherapy if the patient can tolerate it. Radiosurgery if the patient can't have surgery.
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