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Radiotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer

CPD Hours



Radiology, imaging and associated treatments
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Radiation therapy is an important treatment option for patients with non-small cell lung cancer. It may be used in isolation, pre- or post-surgery, or in conjunction with chemotherapy. It may be used as a curative treatment, an alternative intervention for patients not suitable for surgery, or in the palliative management of advanced cases.

This module will focus on the features of radiotherapy for patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). It will review patient characteristics and selection criteria for radiotherapy, planning considerations, stage-specific treatment characteristics, and complications.

Learning Objective

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Identify patient characteristics and indicators for the use of radiotherapy in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)
  • Describe planning considerations for radiotherapy including methods for delineating tumours, intervention options, and techniques for managing respirations during treatment
  • Describe the recommended radiotherapy treatments for patients at different stages of illness, including the palliative management of NSCLC
  • Identify adverse effects of thoracic radiotherapy and tools for reducing the risk of complications

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