A common treatment for lung cancer is radiation therapy, which is available at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. By exposing cancerous cells to high levels of ionizing radiation, radiation therapy can destroy the cells or prevent them from spreading by damaging their DNA.
At Moffitt, each patient is evaluated by a multispecialty team of experts. When developing a treatment plan for lung cancer that includes radiation therapy, our highly experienced specialists consider a number of individual factors that could potentially influence the patient’s response to commonly recommended approaches. These factors include the location, size and stage of the patient’s tumor, as well as the other treatments that the patient has received (or may receive in the future). The end result is an evidence-based treatment plan that is carefully designed to provide the patient with the most precise dose of radiation possible, while minimizing radiation exposure to healthy tissue.
In Tampa, FL, Moffitt offers radiation therapy for lung cancer both alone and in combination with other treatments. Our oncologists may schedule radiation therapy:
- Before surgery to shrink a tumor and make it easier to remove
- After surgery to help prevent a recurrence
- In conjunction with chemotherapy (this approach may be used for a patient who is not a candidate for, or chooses not to undergo, surgery)
Radiation therapy for lung cancer can be administered in several ways. Some patients receive external beam radiation therapy, in which a high-energy beam is directed at a tumor from a machine located outside the patient’s body (linear accelerator). Others receive brachytherapy, or internal radiotherapy, in which radioactive pellets are implanted inside a patient’s body and later removed (or allowed to disintegrate) after the pellets have completed the delivery of radiation to the lungs.
To learn more about radiation therapy for lung cancer and the options available at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online. No referrals are required to consult with our team of experts.