Cancer Research Month: Study Shows Combination Approach Improves Survival in Advanced Lung Cancer Patients

A new clinical trial recently reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that combining stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) with chemotherapy improved survival rates among 24 stage IV lung cancer patients.

“SBRT is a type of radiation therapy in which a few very high doses of radiation are delivered from multiple angles to small, well-defined tumors,” said the study’s author, Dr. Robert Timmerman. “The goal is to deliver a radiation dose high enough to kill the cancer, while minimizing exposure to surrounding healthy tissue and organs.”

The combination of chemotherapy with SBRT resulted in a median overall survival of 20.4 months compared to the usual 6- to 9-month overall survival among patients who only received chemotherapy. The combination treatment approach also resulted in improved progression-free survival.

To read more results from this clinical trial, click here.

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