Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Radiation therapy
“highly effective” against early lung cancer.

A high-tech type of radiation treatment called stereotactic body radiation therapy(SVRT) has been found to be highly-effective in treating early-stage lung cancer for patients who are not eligible for surgery.

This therapy uses very large doses of high-energy radiation (x-rays) which are directly aimed at tumours with great precision and accuracy, thus sparing the surrounding, healthy tissues from damage.

“I think of this as lung-sparing treatment, in which many patients with early-stage lung cancer can have effective treatment in as few as 3 treatment sessions with a low-risk of side effects, “ said Donald McGarry clinical associate professor and vice-chairman of radiation medicine at the UK college of Medicine.

(Source: The Tribune, 8th April, 2009.)

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