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Date:11/2/2009

were randomized to be treated with PCI or undergo observation from September 2002 to August 2007.

"It's critical for studies to not only report on patient outcomes, such as local control and survival, but also on how the treatments affect the patients, including neurocognition and quality of life factors," Dr. Movsas said. "We need the 'whole picture' in order to be able to accurately assess and discuss treatment options with our patients."

The study was supported by grants from the National Cancer Institute.

For more information on radiation therapy for lung cancer, visit www.rtanswers.org.

The abstract, "Phase III Study of Prophylactic Cranial Irradiation (PCI) versus Observation in Patients with Stage III Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC): Neurocognitive and Quality of Life (QOL) Analysis of RTOG 0214," was presented at the plenary session at 2:15 p.m. on Monday, November 2, 2009. To speak to the presenter of the study, Benjamin Movsas, M.D., please call Beth Bukata or Nicole Napoli November 1-4, 2009, in the ASTRO Press Room at McCormick Place West at 312-791-7005 or 312-791-7006. You may also e-mail them at <u>bet'/>"/>

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