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Lung Cancer Blog: Palliative Radiation Therapy Of Lung Cancer May Actually Save Lives

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Jan 23, 2006

Palliative Radiation Therapy Of Lung Cancer May Actually Save Lives

Palliative Radiation Therapy Of Lung Cancer May Actually Save Lives
Palliation therapy is therapy aimed at palliating or reliving symptoms, without addressing the disease causing the symptoms. Palliative radiation therapy is meant to ease symptoms like pain in terminal cancer patients and is not aimed at controlling the disease process or prolonging lives.

Now a group of Australian researchers have a surprising finding. They say that small doses of radiation that is used for palliation may actually save the lives of a few patients. They found that about one in a hundred patients with apparently terminal non-small cell lung cancer survived five or more years after the treatments, and 18 patients were apparently cured, these Australian researchers said.

Dr. Michael Mac Manus, who is a radiation oncologist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Center in Melbourne, Australia, led this research. He and his colleagues followed 2,337 apparently incurable lung cancer patients who had received palliative doses of radiation.

Their findings appeared in the recent issue of journal Cancer. It says that about 1.1 percent of the 2,337 patients lived five or more years after treatment.

Scott      



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Lung cancer
We engage a never-ending daily struggle to understand and defeat the hidden mysteries of cancer. This is a long and laborious fight, but some moments stand out as grim reminders of the severity of the problem and ruthlessness of the enemy. We recently heard about the sad demise of Peter Jennings, who was the news anchor of ABC News for a long time.

Lung Cancer Blog: Palliative Radiation Therapy Of Lung Cancer May Actually Save Lives

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