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Significant Rise in Survival Rates for Elderly Lung Cancer Patients Treated Using Radiosurgery in Netherlands Detailed at World Conference for Lung Cancer
Date:7/6/2011

ng cancer have remained relatively poor, mainly because by the time a diagnosis is made, lung cancer is well advanced and treatment options are limited.

In the last decade, SBRT has been used to treat patients who were considered inoperable. From 2008 to 2010, there were over 40 published clinical papers on SBRT for the treatment of early stage lung cancer, plus approximately 30 review papers. Outcomes of early clinical experience in medically inoperable patients have been very encouraging(1)(3), including a March 2010 paper in JAMA by Dr. Timmerman, whose three-year follow-up was reached in a multicenter trial and which showed a 57 percent three-year survival and 98 percent local control. These results suggest that high-risk operable lung cancer patients may have a viable alternative treatment option to surgery.

(1) "Improvements in survival of elderly patients with stage I NSCLC in the Netherlands between 2003-2009", [Publication Page: PRS.3] C.J. Haasbeek, O. Visser, D. Palma, F.J. Lagerwaard, B. Slotman, S. Senan

(2) "Arc-Therapies and Other Approaches for IMRT", [Publication Page: M09.2] W.F.A.R. Verbakel

(3) "Fast delivery of stereotactic ablative radiotherapy for lung tumors: is rigid patient immobilization necessary?" [Publication Page: Poster P1.148]" M. Dahele, W.F.A.R Verbakel, B. Slotman, S. Senan 

(4) "Chest wall toxicity following risk-adapted stereotactic radiotherapy for early stage lung cancer", [Publication Page: O02.01] E.M. Bongers, C.J. Haasbeek, F.J. Lagerwaard, B. Slotman, S. Senan

(5) Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) in potentially operable stage I non-small cell lung cancer patients", [Publication Page: O02.03]  F.J. Lagerwaard, N.E. Verstegen, C.J. Haasbeek, B. Slotman, M.A. Paul, E.F. Smit, S. Senan

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