Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


External beam radiation therapy for unresectable non-small cell carcinoma of the lung has produced significant survival in patients with disease limited to one hemithorax. New approaches to improve the results of radiation treatment of these patients include interstitial implantation, the use of hypoxic cell sensitizers, biologic response modifiers, as well as changes in the technique of radiation therapy. This includes the use of modern computerized tomographic scanning technology for better definition of tumor volume as well as the use of two fractions per day in the treatment of non-small cell carcinoma of the lung. Initial results of these studies are encouraging, with an increase in patient survival suggested.