Chemoradiation for lung cancer
Chemoradiation is when chemotherapy and radiotherapy are given at the same time. It may be used to treat lung cancer.
If the cancer is locally advanced and surgery is not suitable you may have chemoradiation for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). You usually start chemotherapy during the first week of radiotherapy.
Occasionally, people may go on to have surgery 3 to 5 weeks after chemoradiation. But usually you will just have chemoradiation.
People with small cell lung cancer (SCLC) stage 1 to 3 sometimes have chemoradiation. How you have this may depend on the cancer centre where you are having treatment.
For example, you may have radiotherapy twice a day over 3 weeks, along with chemotherapy. The radiotherapy starts during the first or second cycle of chemotherapy. If this is too much to cope with, you can have radiotherapy once a day over 4 to 6 weeks.
Below is a sample of the sources used in our lung cancer information. If you would like more information about the sources we use, please contact us at email@example.com
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Lung cancer – Diagnosis and management. Clinical guideline 2019.
Metastatic non-small cell lung cancer: ESMO clinical practice guidelines for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. 2018.
European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO). Early and locally advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC): ESMO clinical practice guidelines for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. 2017. European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO).
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