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May 9, 2005

Three Dimensional Conformal Radiation therapy for Lung Cancer: a Brief Discussion of Potential Side Effects and Management

Topics: Medicine

Here's a very interesting and informative article found at CancerNews.com that has great graphics of CT and PET images. It's must reading for patients and those interested 3-dimensional conformal radiation therapy in which multiple fields of radiation are shaped to treat a lung tumor. But conformational radiotherapy is also used in treating other types of tumors and should be interesting to other patients anticipating or undergoing radiation as well. Health and tech-enthusiasts will enjoy it just for it's educational aspects.

Lung cancer is among the most common malignancies for men and women in the United States. Despite the use of multiple modalities of treatment including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, the 5 year survival is less than 15%, but I personally know lung cancer survivors of ten years. Radiation therapy is widely used in patients who have locally advanced disease, as well as in patients who are medically inoperable. Radiation can also be given to relieve symptoms such as pain or coughing up blood and to open airways obstructed by tumors. Many lung cancer patients will undergo radiation at some point during their treatment.

For non-small cell lung cancer patients, 64.3%. 4.7% will require radiation therapy at least once during the disease course (1). This informative article intended for both physicians and interested patients, describes radiation treatment technique and addresses the potential short and long term side effects of lung radiation.

Here's some descriptions of some of the images you'll find in the article:

Posted by Hyscience at May 9, 2005 12:42 PM



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