Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Pairing Chemotherapy and SBRT

November is honored as Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a national campaign dedicated to raising awareness and funds for lung cancer research. At Illinois CyberKnife, our center is honoring this month by increasing understanding of the latest lung cancer treatment options.

As cancer treatment has advanced, physicians are approaching treatment planning with a comprehensive perspective. One way our experienced staff employs this approach is by working with physicians from various specialties to pair chemotherapy with CyberKnife® stereotactic body radiation therapy for patients who are appropriate candidates. Physicians often turn to chemotherapy when a patient’s cancer cells are found to have spread throughout the body or in the blood.
 
Pairing chemotherapy with radiation therapy treatments or stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) can enhance the primary treatment method or alleviate symptoms. Physicians use SBRT to precisely target primary and metastatic tumors with high dose radiation. This approach offers few to no side effects and may be given as part of a prescribed treatment plan between chemotherapy treatments.

If you think you or a loved one may be a candidate for CyberKnife, contact our center for more information.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.