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Radiation therapy is often used to treat lung cancer when surgery is not indicated or the patient cannot tolerate surgery due to other medical conditions. Chemotherapy is often given at the same time as radiation, but it may also be given before or after radiation has been completed. Radiation therapy may also be used to treat lung cancer that has spread to another part of the body or that comes back after surgery or other treatment.

Patients with lung cancer are almost always treated with TomoTherapy® at Capital Regional Cancer Center. This technology allows for very precise sculpting of the radiation beam so that surrounding, healthy tissue is spared. Preserving healthy lung tissue in patients with lung cancer is very important because many of them have some other lung disease, such as Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as cancer.

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