Radiation Therapy for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)

  • Hak Choy
  • Anuradha Chakravarthy
  • Jae-Sung Kim
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 105)

Abstract

The year 1995 marked the centennial of Roentgen’s landmark discovery of x-rays in 1895 (1). “A new kind of ray”, which was emitted by a gas discharge tube, could blacken photographic film. Almost immediately, its applications to medicine were recognized. It was used to locate a piece of knife in the backbone of a sailor who had been paralyzed until the fragment could be located and removed. X-rays were first used therapeutically in 1897 when Leopold Freund, a German surgeon, successfully irradicated a hairy mole using the new technique (2). By 1934 Coutard developed a protracted, fractionated scheme for the successful treatment of laryngeal cancer (3).

Keywords

Toxicity Foam Radium Fractionation Radioactive Isotope 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hak Choy
    • 1
  • Anuradha Chakravarthy
    • 2
  • Jae-Sung Kim
    • 3
  1. 1.Vanderbilt University Medical CenterNashvilleUSA
  2. 2.Vanderbilt University Medical CenterNashvilleUSA
  3. 3.Vanderbilt University Medical CenterNashvilleUSA

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