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Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Lung Lesions

  • Harun Badakhshi
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Abstract

Early-stage non-small cell lung cancer represents still an important problem in thoracic oncology because it causes cancer mortality despite the early-stage status. Oligometastases of solid tumors to the lung might lead to severe functional affections and, and in some cases, to fatal organ failure in patients (f/m) with lung lesions.

Invasive surgical procedures like lobectomy performed openly or minimally invasive seem to be the historic “standard.” Any “standard” has to prove its superiority in terms of safety and effectiveness for patients (f/m), and it is true in the frame of cost efficiency too.

Image-guided stereotactic radiosurgery with its multiple labels like stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) or stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) could affect lung lesions by deactivating tumor cells. Early-stage non-small cell lung cancer is responsive to high-dose radiotherapy. Metastases, limited by volume, number, and occurrence site, react to radiation by stopping their growth. The aim would be the deactivation of lesions or, at least, to prolong the time free of pulmonary symptoms and, therefore, to have a better quality of life.

Consecutively, it demonstrates a noninvasive high-precision and safe technique in treating patients (f/m).

Keywords

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Stereotactic Radiosurgery Thoracic Oncology Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy Curative Doctrine 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harun Badakhshi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyCharité School of MedicineBerlinGermany

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