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Vol 3, No 3 (2004): Polish Palliative Medicine
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Published online: 2004-04-27
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Palliative radiotherapy in lung cancer

Elżbieta Senkus-Konefka, Jacek Jassem
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2004;3(3):203-212.

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Vol 3, No 3 (2004): Polish Palliative Medicine
Artykuły poglądowe
Published online: 2004-04-27

Abstract

The main objective in the treatment of patients with advanced lung cancer is the control of symptoms related to the tumour: pain, cough, haemoptysis, dyspnoea and superior vena cava syndrome. Palliative radiotherapy is an effective and well tolerated treatment modality, resulting in improvement of chest symptoms in most patients. This treatment is most effective for palliation of haemoptysis and chest pain, whereas controlling cough and dyspnoea is less successful. In view of the limited expected survival, a short course of 1–2 large radiotherapy fractions is recommended for most patients. In selected patients who are in relatively good condition, larger irradiation doses and longer treatment schedules may be considered in the hope of achieving some survival improvement. This paper reviews existing knowledge of the efficiency and tolerability of palliative chest radiotherapy.

Abstract

The main objective in the treatment of patients with advanced lung cancer is the control of symptoms related to the tumour: pain, cough, haemoptysis, dyspnoea and superior vena cava syndrome. Palliative radiotherapy is an effective and well tolerated treatment modality, resulting in improvement of chest symptoms in most patients. This treatment is most effective for palliation of haemoptysis and chest pain, whereas controlling cough and dyspnoea is less successful. In view of the limited expected survival, a short course of 1–2 large radiotherapy fractions is recommended for most patients. In selected patients who are in relatively good condition, larger irradiation doses and longer treatment schedules may be considered in the hope of achieving some survival improvement. This paper reviews existing knowledge of the efficiency and tolerability of palliative chest radiotherapy.
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Keywords

lung cancer; radiotherapy; palliative treatment

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Title

Palliative radiotherapy in lung cancer

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 3, No 3 (2004): Polish Palliative Medicine

Pages

203-212

Published online

2004-04-27

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2004;3(3):203-212.

Keywords

lung cancer
radiotherapy
palliative treatment

Authors

Elżbieta Senkus-Konefka
Jacek Jassem

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