Radiation Oncology


Lung Cancer

Drawing upon its extensive understanding of lung cancer, the Penn Radiation Oncology team designs a treatment plan that is tailored to the individual patient. The team is particularly experienced in the use of radiation therapy for all stages of lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Lung cancer occurs when cells in the lung begin to grow out of control, possibly invading nearby tissues or spreading throughout the body. Large collections of cancer cells are called tumors. Cells in any of the tissues in the lung can develop cancer, but most commonly lung cancer comes from the lining of the bronchi.

Lung cancer patients commonly are treated with radiation therapy. Radiation may be recommended before surgery to shrink a tumor, making it easier for the surgeon to remove. Radiation may be used after surgery if there are worrisome risk factors that make it likely for a tumor to come back in the chest. Sometimes radiation is used instead of surgery if a surgery is felt to be too dangerous for the patient, or if a tumor is too extensive to be removed with surgery.


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