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Lung cancer and radiation

Overview

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women, affecting about 1 in 13 men and 1 in 16 women. Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow out of control in one or both lungs. Symptoms include bloody coughs, breathing difficulties, loss of appetite, fatigue and recurring infections.

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You can find additional information on lung cancer on our Cancer Resources page.

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American Cancer Society

National Cancer Institute

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

About lung cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women, affecting about 1 in 13 men and 1 in 16 women. Lung cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow out of control in one or both lungs.

At MRO, we understand the uncertainty that comes with a lung cancer diagnosis. Our oncologists and supportive care teams are committed to helping you understand the complexities of the disease and how radiation treatment may help with your cancer. Our MRO oncologists offer a level of expertise that comes from working exclusively with radiation cancer treatments and patients every day. 

When radiation therapy is a treatment option for you, our MRO care team will work in close collaboration with our patient’s oncology care team, the radiation oncology specialists at MRO will recommend a treatment plan providing the information patients and their families need to be fully informed about their lung cancer and treatment options.

Symptoms include bloody coughs, breathing difficulties, loss of appetite, fatigue, and recurring infections.

Types of lung cancer

There are two main types of lung cancer: small cell lung cancer (SCLC) and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Radiation treatment options vary, depending on which type of lung cancer you have.

About 10%-15% of lung cancers tend to be SCLC.  This type of lung cancer tends to be aggressive and spreads more rapidly.

Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common type of lung cancer. About 85% of lung cancer diagnosis are NSCLC. Most often, it develops slowly and causes few or no symptoms until it is far advanced.

Radiation treatment options

External beam radiation therapy (EBRT): Delivers high doses of radiation to lung cancer cells from outside the body, using a variety of machine-based technologies.

Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT): Delivers precise very high-dose treatment to a small lung tumor.