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Novel Radiation Therapy to Treat Lung Cancer Used for the First Time in United States, at New York Hospital Queens
Date:12/17/2009

o treat this form of aggressive lung cancer.

"The tumor was very aggressive. We decided to use radioactive Cesium-131 pellets due to their high success rate in treating prostate cancer. This patient has responded well to the treatment, with an outcome that would not have been possible with traditional treatment," reports Dr. Nori.

According to Dr. Nori, Cesium-131 pellets have several advantages over the older radioactive isotopes including a shorter half-life, which means faster delivery of a radiation dose that allows less time and opportunity for the cancer cells to repopulate.

Dr. Nori has trained several hundred physicians in the U.S. on the use of brachytherapy procedures in the treatment of cancer, and more recently on the use of Cesium-131 in lung cancer treatment. He is renowned in the field of radiation oncology and for pioneering the use of use of radioactive isotopes to treat prostate cancer. He was one of the first to use the radioactive isotopes Iodine-125 and Palladium-103 in 1975 and 1985 as well as Cesium-131, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2003 for treating prostate and other cancers.

New York Hospital Queens is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

Note to Editors: Dr. Nori as well as the (Spanish-speaking) patient and multi-lingual family members is available for interviews, and interviews can be conducted in multiple languages. Dr. Nori is one of the world's leading authorities in the subspecialty of brachytherapy. He was the first physician in the United States to work with a computerized brachytherapy treatment system and was instrumental in the development and successful application of it to combat cancer.

CONTACT: Cynthia Bacon, +1-718-670-2515, Camela Morrissey, +1-718-670-1065, or David Levine, +1-212-772-9447, all of New York Hospital Queens


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