Lung Cancer Radiation Therapy
Radiation Therapy for lung cancer is effective for destroying cancerous cells. It is also useful in shrinking tumors. It is used for early stage non-small cell lung cancer where cancer is detected in a single small nodule in the lung and has not spread to nearby lymph nodes. Radiation therapy has been effective in treatment of small lung tumors and eradicated them. It is a standard treatment for all those who cannot be treated surgically. Radiation Techniques for Lung Cancer The common radiation techniques used for the treatment of lung cancer are discussed here. External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT) In EBRT, the doses of radiation aim at lungs and surrounding areas. It focuses radiation from outside the body. The treatment is just like getting an X-ray and is painless. It lasts for a few minutes and is generally given 5 days a week for five to seven weeks. Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy IMRT uses computer-driven machine to aim at the tumor from several angles. The intensity of