Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Postoperative Radiotherapy-Radiation Treatment-Lung Cancer Surgery

New study casts doubt on lung cancer treatment

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A controversial radiation treatment for patients who've had lung cancer surgery may not help elderly people live longer, U.S. researchers have found. Postoperative radiotherapy, or PORT, is thought to cut the chances that a tumor will return. But it can damage the heart and lungs, which might cancel out any potential benefits -- particularly in seniors. "Thus, these patients may be exposed to the side effects and complications of PORT without a clear benefit," lead researcher Dr. ... read more..

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