Radiation Medicine Treatments for Lung Cancer at MedStar Georgetown
Radiation medicine often plays an important role in treatment for lung cancer. If you are faced with this diagnosis, you want peace of mind that comes from seeing a specialist whose expertise encompasses this particular region of the body and the most effective treatments available.
MedStar Georgetown’s radiation oncologists specialize in treating lung cancers and other intrathoracic tumors. What’s more, our Radiation Medicine team is an integral part of National Cancer Institute-designated Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Pulmonary Oncology/Lung Cancer Group. We bring to bear the expertise of a team of lung cancer specialists to develop multidisciplinary treatment plans that reflect latest advances and deep experience.
Medical Advances to Make the Once Impossible Now Possible
Recent advances in radiation medicine treatment for lung cancer have yielded positive long-term results, shortened the amount of treatment time and minimized side effects. New technology allows our physicians to effectively treat tumors with pinpoint accuracy, leaving surrounding healthy tissue virtually untouched. It makes possible treatment for tumors deemed inoperable in traditional surgery.
Treatment plans might include:
- External Beam Radiation: Focuses radiation on the lungs from external machines. Radiation conforms to the shape of the tumor, treating the cancer while limiting the exposure to normal tissue. External therapy is usually given over a six-week period. Technologies include:
- Three-Dimensional Radiation Therapy (3D-CRT)
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
- Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT)
- CyberKnife Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) - Delivers large doses of highly focused, convergent beams of ionizing radiation to the lung tumor site and can reach areas inoperable though traditional surgery.
- Proton Beam Therapy – Uses energy from protons instead of photons, allowing high dose radiation with no exit dose, resulting in fewer side effects than traditional radiation..
What is radiation therapy?
Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays called photons, which can destroy cancer cells during high dose radiation treatments. This happens on the microscopic level, and patients do not feel the radiation during treatment.
Appointment line: 855-213-6174
Appointment hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Make an Appointment
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a radiation oncologist, call our scheduling line:
Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Radiation Medicine is an integral part of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the only National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated comprehensive cancer centers in the Washington, D.C., area. Learn More
- Anatoly Dritschilo, MD, Chair
- Brian T. Collins, MD
- William Harter, MD
- Andrew Satinsky, MD
- Peter Ahn, MD
The Department of Radiation Oncology conducts continuing clinical research that focuses on ways to more effectively and safely treat tumors with radiation while minimizing the amount of radiation critical organs and nearby healthy tissue receive.
Ask your physician to learn more about lung cancer research at MedStar Georgetown.