What are the options when lung cancer is inoperable?
November 06, 2013
By Christopher Loiselle, MD
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and for those who have been diagnosed with lung cancer, one dreaded word is inoperable. Many feel defeated when they hear they are not candidates for surgery, but promising non-surgical treatments are available. CyberKnife, a form of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), is one of these options.
Radiation treatment to a moving target adds a level of complexity. However, CyberKnife tracks a tumor and directs targeted radiation via a state of the art robotic arm. Most patients complete their treatment in 3 to 5 days.
Highly focused radiation has become the standard of care for treating medically inoperable early stage non-small cell lung cancer with excellent results.
This video demonstrates the robotic real-time tracking of the CyberKnife. If you have questions about this treatment option, please contact us at 206-320-7130.