Best Treatment of Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer
Radiation therapy is a general term for the treatment of cancer with x-rays. It works by killing cancer cells and is often used on its own to treat for lung cancer.
Radiation therapy is precisely directed high-energy beams that can kill cancer cells. Proper dosing of the radiation requires the expertise of highly trained radiation oncologists, physicists, and dosimetrists such as those available at the Lung Cancer/Thoracic Oncology Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Physicians at the Cancer Institute utilize a variety of sophisticated modalities, which includes 3D conformal radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) to deliver the safest and most effective therapy available.
What is Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy uses targeted energy (e.g., X-rays, radioactive substances) to destroy cancer cells, shrink tumors, and/or alleviate certain cancer-related symptoms. It may be used.
- As a primary treatment to destroy cancer cells
- In combination with other treatments to stop the growth of cancer cells
- Before another treatment to shrink a tumor
- After another treatment to stop the growth of any remaining cancer cells
- To relieve symptoms of advanced cancer
At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), the radiation oncologists are experienced in using advanced technologies to deliver targeted radiation therapy while also proactively managing side effects.
Types of Radiation Therapy
- External beam radiation therapy
- Internal Radiation Therapy
- Systemic Radiation Therapy
- Stereotactic Radiosurgery
Radiation Therapy For Lung Cancer
External Beam Radiation Therapy
In this technique, radiation is focused from a machine outside the body on the area affected by the cancer. Before treatment begins, the radiology team will take careful measurements to ensure proper dosage and placement of the radiation beams.The procedure itself is painless and only takes a few minutes. Common side effects of external radiation therapy include skin irritation in the treated area and fatigue.
Internal Radiation Therapy
Also known as brachy therapy. Internal radiation is seldom used for people with lung cancer treatment. The radiation comes from a seed, wire, or another device put inside the body.
Systemic Radiation Therapy
Systemic radiation therapy is a type of radiation therapy in which radioactive material travels through the bloodstream to reach cells all over the body. Systemic radiation is used to treat certain types of cancer, such as thyroid cancer, or to relieve pain when cancer has spread (metastasized) to the bone. It is also called unsealed internal radiation therapy, radioisotope therapy, radionuclide therapy or radiopharmaceutical therapy.
Sterotactic radiosurgery (SRS) as an alternative to lung cancer surgery. Winship is the only center in Georgia that is credentialed for stereotactic radiosurgery. Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) delivers a large, single radiation dose with extreme accuracy to a limited and well-defined treatment area. One of the benefits of SRS is that the treatment can be delivered in one dose.
In brachytherapy, also known as internal radiation, radioactive seeds or pellets are inserted directly into the lung tissue through a small tube, allowing treatment to be delivered to a more precise area. After the radioactive material has been placed, the tube is removed.