Stereotactic radiation therapy for inoperable, early-stage non-small-cell lung cancer

Dahele, Max; Brade, Anthony; Pearson, Shannon; Bezjak, Andrea
June 2009
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;6/23/2009, Vol. 180 Issue 13, p1326
Academic Journal
The article offers information on stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), its administration and effects in patients with peripheral tumours. It relates that is SBRT is the historical standard treatment for patients with early-stage, peripheral non-small-cell lung cancer who cannot undergo surgery. It pertains that this therapy has been proven to be effective and well tolerated, however, not all patients with the above-mentioned type of lung cancer are eligible for this kind treatment relative to the location of the tumour. Furthermore, it suggests that stereotactic radiotherapy has not caused any adverse effects on quality of life, however, its toxicity has late symptoms such as chest wall pain, low-grade fatigue, and erythema.


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