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Stereotactic radiosurgery for stage I non-small cell lung cancer

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Published: 11.03.11
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Dr Rafal Dziadziuszko - Medical University of Gdansk, Poland

Dr Rafael Dziadziuszko talks about stereotactic radiosurgery for stage I non-small cell lung cancer. This technology allows clinicians to accurately deliver high doses of radiation to cancerous areas of the lung with minimal disturbance to healthy tissues. Although the procedure is primarily used for medically inoperable patients, it is associated with excellent local control rates similar to that of surgery. Stereotactic radiosurgery requires an extensive quality assurance programme and equipment to perform four dimensional CT scans in order to respond to patient movement. Consequently the procedure is only administered in a small number of specialised oncology centres. Dr Dziadziuszko explains the criteria for selecting patients suitable for this technique, discusses the difficulties involved in performing the procedure and outlines the promising results that have been seen in clinical trials.

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