Radiation therapy for lung cancer is more effective and safer than ever before, says radiation oncologist Andreas Rimner. Using sophisticated radiation therapy techniques such as SBRT (stereotactic body radiation therapy), doctors can precisely deliver very high doses of radiation to lung tumors. With this approach, treatment can be completed in just three weekly sessions. Medical physicists work closely with radiation oncologists to design a treatment plan and ensure the highest level of safety throughout each person’s treatment.
Chemotherapy is often given in combination with radiation therapy to enhance its effectiveness. Radiation therapy may be used to shrink some tumors before surgery, or after surgery to treat lymph nodes that contain cancer cells.
Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering are working to further improve the precision of radiation technologies for people with lung cancer.