Cancer

Treating Lung Cancer With Advanced Technology

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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women. Austin CyberKnife uses their advanced and precise technology to treat lung cancer patients, giving them hope and quality of life. Dr. Twisha Verma is a radiation oncologist with Austin CyberKnife, and she joined us in the studio with more. Lung cancer accounts for about 27% of all cancer deaths and is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. According to the American Cancer Society, over 14k new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in Texas in 2017.

Patients diagnosed with lung cancer are treated with the CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System at Austin CyberKnife. CyberKnife is a painless, noninvasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body. The treatment delivers beams of high dose radiation to tumors with extreme precision and features a device that controls the width of the radiation beams the machine delivers during treatment, allowing our clinical experts to vary the beam size and treat a larger variety of tumors throughout the body.

Before treatment, a radiation oncologist will determine whether the patient’s tumor may need implanted fiducial markers, tiny markers that inserted into the tumor to guide the CyberKnife system track the tumor during treatment. The patient will also be fitted with a custom body support pad, which will help him/her…