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ASTRO develops new thoracic radiotherapy guideline

April 07, 2016

The task force's main findings are: 1.Various regimens of thoracic external beam radiation therapy are very effective for palliation of symptoms, with moderately higher dose regimens associated with a modest improvement in survival for selected patients primarily with good performance status. 2.There is no evidence to recommend the use of endobronchial brachytherapy in the routine initial palliative management of lung cancer. Endobronchial brachytherapy is a type of internal radiation therapy used to treat lung cancer in or near the patient's airway.3.There is no added benefit to patients to use chemotherapy at the same time as radiation therapy in the relief of thoracic symptoms for lung cancer patients. However, optimally integrating sequential chemotherapy and radiation therapy is important in the management of lung cancer symptoms.

Dr. Movsas said, "It is our hope that this evidence-based guideline will help doctors determine the optimal palliative radiation treatments for lung cancer patients, thereby yielding improved quality of life."

Source: American Society for Radiation Oncology