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Does radiation therapy for lung cancer improve survival rates?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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