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Lung Cancer: Treatment Options

Types Of Radiation Therapy For Lung Cancer

Radiation therapy is often used to treat lung cancer, sometimes in conjunction with chemotherapy and surgery. When it comes to treating your lung cancer with radiation therapy, Orange County CyberKnife and Radiation Oncology Center is your expert choice.

Advanced Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)

Orange County CyberKnife and Radiation Oncology Center houses the most advanced equipment including the IGRT which can track and capture your tumor as it moves or adjusts from day-to-day. This treatment option pinpoints exactly where your tumor is so that you can focus the treatment on only that area, leaving the rest of the surrounding tissue unharmed. Your initial CT scan can be updated using IGRT each time your visit to ensure your treatment is focused.

Electronic Brachytherapy (eBx)

The eBx is an advanced treatment therapy that sends radiation directly in the tumor cavity from inside the body. This is accomplished by inserting a balloon catheter into the cavity. It enlarges with fluid to fill the space and stays there throughout the treatment. During your approximately 10 minutes of treatment, a radiation oncologists inserts a tiny piece of radioactive material through the catheter tube and into the balloon. It releases radiation based on your treatment plan. Depending on the stage of cancer, this can be a high dose (HDR) or a low dose (LDR) of radiation. Radiation treatment is completed in five days, rather than the weeks required for traditional radiation treatments. When you are finished, the radiation oncologist drains and removes the balloon so the cavity can heal.

Intraoperative Brachytherapy (Xoft)

This type of internal treatment uses a miniaturized high dose of X-ray source targeted directly on the tumor. The X-ray can be turned on or off, while a radioactive isotope is always emitting radiation. Because of this, no special shields are needed and you are not isolated during treatment.

CyberKnife (Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, or SBRT)

Orange County CyberKnife was one of the first cancer treatment centers to offer this advanced radiation therapy that can pinpoint small tumors and shoot beams of radiation directly to the tumor with little exposure to the surrounding tissue. Much shorter than traditional radiation treatment, CyberKnife treatment is administered in one to five days.

RapidArc Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

RapidArc delivers treatments two to eight times faster than our other dynamic treatments and it increases precision. This volumetric arc therapy delivers precise 3D doses with a single 360° rotation of the machine. It uses your treatment planning algorithm to simultaneously change the rotation speed, the shape of the treatment aperture, and the delivery dose rate. The shape and position of the tumor are determined from computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron emission tomography (PET) diagnostic studies. This permits improved dose sculpturing over 3D conformal radiation therapy.

Contact Us To Find Out More

Find out more about the radiation options available to you at our comprehensive cancer center, Orange County CyberKnife Give us a call today at (714) 962-7100 and we will answer all of your questions about the treatment methods for lung cancer including our CyberKnife cancer treatment. Our team of oncology radiologists is ready to work with you on treatment options for your lung cancer using the most advanced non-surgical and non-invasive radiation therapy systems available. Other patients agree,  you can trust us to help choose a treatment option that is right for you.

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