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About Radiation Therapy - What to Expect & Things to Know

Overviews
types of radiation therapy • side effects • respiratory gating

Brachytherapy

Proton Therapy

Stereotactic Approaches
stereotactic body radiotherapy • stereotactic radiosurgery

Overviews

Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer (American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology)
Online brochure describes radiation therapy for lung cancer, including types of therapy and possible side effects. [6/04]

Advances in Radiation Therapy (CancerSource.com)
Describes radiation therapy and provides an overview of the various technologies used to deliver radiation in the treatment of cancer. Topics covered include: what is radiation therapy, three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT), intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy, advances in radiation therapy, and overcoming fears about radiation. [10/03]

Radiation Therapy and You (National Cancer Institute)
Guide to radiation therapy provides an overview of radiation in cancer treatment, describes external radiation therapy, internal radiation therapy, managing side effects and follow-up care. [9/99]

Radiation Side Effects Information (Lung Cancer Online)

External Beam Radiation: Respiratory Gating (St. Vincent's Comprehensive Cancer Center)
Describes respiratory gating, a new radiation technique developed to synchronize radiation therapy to a patient's individual breathing pattern in order to increase efficacy and limit side effects. Can be used with intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery approaches.


Brachytherapy

What is Brachytherapy? (American Brachytherapy Society)
Answers to commonly-asked questions about brachytherapy, an internal form of radiation therapy. Although aimed at the prostate cancer patient, this information is helpful towards understanding what brachytherapy is, how the procedure is performed, as well as the potential short and long term effects.

Clinical Research - Brachytherapy & Lung Cancer (Lung Cancer Online)


Proton Therapy

Understanding Proton Therapy (MGH Cancer Center)
Provides an introduction to proton therapy, a form of external-beam radiation treatment.

Proton Therapy (National Association for Proton Therapy)
Nonprofit organization providing education and awareness regarding the therapeutic benefits of proton therapy for cancer treatment. Offers the latest news on this novel therapy and information on specific treatment centers.

Clinical Research - Proton Therapy & Lung Cancer (LungCancerOnline.org)


Stereotactic Approaches

International Radiosurgery Support Association
Educational organization dedicated to providing information on stereotactic and other specialized radiation treatments. Resources include a comprehensive overview of stereotactic radiosurgery, a description of a typical treatment day, frequently asked questions about radiosurgery, a list of treatment centers and an IRSA newsletter.

Clinical Research - Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery & Lung Cancer (Lung Cancer Online)

Clinical Research - Stereotactic Radiosurgery & Brain Metastases (Lung Cancer Online)

Clinical Research - Stereotactic Body Radiosurgery & Liver Metastases (Lung Cancer Online)



 

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