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Role of Stereotactic Radiation Therapy in Operable and Inoperable Early-Stage Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

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Radiation therapy is becoming an increasingly important part of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) management. Approximately 60% of all cancer patients require radiation therapy (RT) as part of their treatment. For lung cancer, this number is even higher, reaching approximately 77% of all patients, from radical to palliative modalities of RT. This percentage may even be underestimated, as it may not account for the more recent use of RT in oligometastatic lung cancer patients. Thus, we can estimate that each year there will be approximately 21,890 new lung cancer patients in the USA requiring RT. These numbers are expected to continue to rise, as lung cancer radiation techniques continue to improve. There is growing interest in determining the best treatment options for early-stage NSCLC patients. There is well-established data showing the benefit of RT for inoperable patients, and more recent encouraging data even in operable patients.

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Faroni, L., Collie, L., Gabrielli, F. et al. Role of Stereotactic Radiation Therapy in Operable and Inoperable Early-Stage Non-small Cell Lung Cancer. Curr. Treat. Options in Oncol. 23, 1185–1200 (2022).

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