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Radiation May Help Those With Inoperable Lung Tumors
Date:3/16/2010

as higher in patients with a certain type of larger tumors, suggesting there may be ways to address this.

Many individuals also had treatment side effects including rib fractures, chest-wall burns, painful swallowing and fluid build-up around the heart.

And the researchers note that many patients continued to smoke throughout and after their treatment.

"There's definite room for improvement moving forward with therapies," Timmerman said.

Timmerman reported receiving monies from two companies who manufacture equipment used in SBRT. The study itself, however, was not funded by private interests.

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Learn more about lung cancer at the U.S. National Cancer Institute.



SOURCES: Jay Brooks, M.D., chairman, hematology/oncology, Ochsner Health System, Baton Rouge, La.; March 16, 2010 teleconference with Robert Timmerman, M.D., professor, radiation oncology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas; March 17, 2010, Journal of the American Medical Association


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