Cancer of the Lung

Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Radiation therapy plays a crucial role in the management of lung cancer. However, conventional radiotherapy using two-dimensional radiotherapy to 60–66 GY is associated with low local control and potential significant toxicity. Evolving radiotherapy technologies, such as four-dimensional (4-D) image-based motion management, daily on-board imaging and adaptive radiotherapy, have enabled us to improve the therapeutic index for lung cancer by permitting the design of image-guided personalized treatments that deliver adequate doses conforming to the target while sparing the surrounding critical normal tissues. These achievements have permitted the implementation of intensity-modulated radiation therapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy, and proton therapy in lung cancer. These cutting-edge technologies may improve lung cancer control and patient survival.


Planning Target Volume Clinical Target Volume Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Gross Tumor Volume Radiation Therapy Oncology Group 
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  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyMD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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