What is the role of radiation therapy in the treatment of non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)?

Updated: Jun 05, 2020
  • Author: Winston W Tan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Nagla Abdel Karim, MD, PhD  more...
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In the treatment of stage I and stage II NSCLC, radiation therapy alone is considered only when surgical resection is not possible. [2] Radiation is a reasonable option for lung cancer treatment among those who are not candidates for surgery. [3] Beta blockers have been found to improve overall survival, disease-free survival, and distant metastasis–free survival, though not locoregional progession–free survival, in patients with NSCLC undergoing radiotherapy. [4]

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