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A 30-year-old member asked:

Does radiation therapy for lung cancer improve survival rates?

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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 34 years experience
Yes: Radiation is used in curing lung cancer. Its used in varying combinations with surger and chemotherapy to find the best treatment for each stage and type of lung cancer. It is not used in every case of lung cancer to accomplish the desired effect. Stage one for example requires no radiation and would not help the survival if the patient has surgery with lobectomy.
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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Yes: It improves survival significantly in stage 1-3 lung cancers. Cyberknife provides survival similar to surgery in stage 1 patients. For stage 2-3 patients, both chemo and radiation may be used to improve survival. In certain patients with stage 4 cancer (such as with spread to the brain) radiation may help improve survival.
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Role Varies: If you have had an operation, there is no role for XRT in stage i or stage ii. If medistinal lymph nodes are involved, chemotherapy is in order, and you may benefit from radiotherapy to the chest. When you cannot or don't have surgery, some astounding results with hi tech, hi fraction raiotherapy. For stage ii, (+ hilar nodes), i'd be very careful with claims!
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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 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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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 24-year-old member asked:

Can radiation therapy cure lung cancer by itself?

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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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