Lung Cancers are commonly treated with radiation therapy. The technology we use and the number of treatments depends on how advanced the tumor is (stage) and what type of symptoms you have (if any).
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What To Expect
Once your doctors have determined that radiation therapy may be part of the treatment plan for your Lung Cancer, there will be a few steps to allow the radiation oncology team to begin treatment safely.
- CT simulation
- Treatment plan design (dosimetry)
- Start of daily treatments
- Weekly doctor visits with your radiation oncologist
Side effects are different for everyone. Some patients feel fine during treatment while others may feel uncomfortable.
Mild tiredness may develop. However, tiredness from radiation should improve within a few weeks after radiation treatment ends.
Skin irritation may occur with external beam radiation. Clean the area regularly with mild soap and warm water.
Shortness of breath or cough may be temporary or permanent depending on your cancer and its treatment.
Difficulty or pain when swallowing may develop that will get better a few weeks after treatment is finished.
Loss of chest hair may occur but only in the area being treated.
Very rare long-tern potential side effects include rib fracture or a second cancer from the radiation treatment.
For more information about the diagnosis and treatment of Lung Cancer, please visit the following websites:
American Cancer Society