The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Last Modified: December 13, 2011
Why can’t I get my radiation while I am getting my chemo? Why do I have to wait until I finish chemo?
Susie Lee, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner with Penn Medicine’s Lung Cancer Team, responds:
In some instances, and it may depend on the stage of your lung cancer, it is recommended to give chemotherapy concurrently (at the same time) with radiation for lung cancer. However, often the side effects overlap and it may be too toxic giving the 2 therapies simultaneously. In this case the 2 therapies are given sequentially, or one after the other, to reduce the cumulative toxicity for the patient.
This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View the entire Focus on Lung Cancer transcript.
Oct 25, 2014 - In patients with non-small cell lung cancer, prophylactic cranial irradiation may help prevent brain metastases, and stereotactic radiotherapy may arrest the growth of lung cancer in frail patients, according to research presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, held from Nov. 1 to 5 in Chicago.
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