SBRT offers treatment option for elderly patients with lung
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Stereotactic body radiotherapy was safe and effective for elderly patients with early-stage lung cancer, according to results of a retrospective analysis presented at the Multidisciplinary Thoracic Cancers Symposium.

“As the cancer community ages and more patients in their 80s and 90s will present with lung cancer — in addition to the more widespread use of low-dose CT screening, which will increase the number of diagnoses of early-stage lung cancer patients — we need to understand more about which of these patients can safely be treated, and if there is actually a role for definitive [stereotactic body radiation therapy] in this population,” Richard J. Cassidy III, MD, resident in radiation oncology at Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute, said during a press conference.

Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) — an advanced form of therapy that transfers highly targeted, escalated radiation in minimal sessions — is the standard of care for patients with early-stage lung cancer who are unable to undergo surgical resection.

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