Radiation involves using high-energy rays to kill cancer cells. It may be administered externally using a machine, or internally by implanting wires, seeds, or wafers that emit radiation inside the body directly near tumors.
Many lung cancer patients also receive radiation therapy at some point during their treatment. At times, radiation therapy is used in conjunction with chemotherapy.
Duke Cancer Institute's experienced radiation oncology team uses advanced treatment techniques, such as three-dimensional conformal radiation, to minimize the risk of serious side effects.
Radiation therapy may be administered to the brain to reduce the chance that cancer will spread there.
Duke Cancer Institute radiation oncologists are experienced in using stereotactic radiosurgery for tumors in some patients who cannot have surgery. Radiosurgery is not actual surgery but is a method of delivering high doses of radiation directly to the tumor.
By combining 3-D imaging techniques with a computerized program, our radiation oncologists can define the size and shape of the tumor more precisely than ever. This technique enables doctors to limit damage to normal surrounding tissue or organs while increasing the amount of radiation delivered to lung cancer tumors.
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