Radiation therapy is one common treatment option for patients with lung cancer in Clearwater, Florida. During radiation therapy, which can be used alone or combined with other treatments, high doses of ionizing radiation destroys cancer cells or prevents them from spreading.
Radiation therapy is recommended for a number of reasons. When a patient is not a good candidate for surgery, radiation treatment may be combined with chemotherapy to eliminate cancer cells. For patients who do undergo lung cancer surgery, radiation therapy may be given before surgery to make a tumor easier to remove, or after surgery to reduce the likelihood of the tumor reoccurring.
Additionally, lung cancer radiation therapy may be delivered through different methods. These include:
- External beam radiation therapy – With this method, radiation is delivered through a beam by a machine outside of the body.
- Brachytherapy – Also called internal radiotherapy, this method places radioactive pellets directly into the patient’s body. The pellets are later removed after they have delivered radiation to the site of the tumor.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, every new patient’s case is reviewed by our tumor board, composed of a multispecialty team of experts, to develop a highly individualized treatment plan. When radiation therapy is determined to be the best course of treatment, it is administered by a radiation oncologist specializing in lung cancer, who ensures there is as little damage as possible to surrounding healthy tissue. We are proud to offer the most cutting-edge, individualized treatments to provide our patients in Clearwater, FL, and beyond with the best possible outcome and quality of life. Additionally, our patients have access to a wide range of supportive care while undergoing radiation treatment for lung cancer at Moffitt, to ensure that all physical, emotional and spiritual needs are being met.
To consult with a Moffitt physician about radiation therapy or other treatment options at our center near Clearwater, FL, contact Moffitt Cancer Center by calling 1-888-663-3488 or completing a new patient registration form. You do not need a referral to consult with our lung cancer treatment team.