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An experienced radiation oncology team at Johns Hopkins specializes in the treatment of lung cancer. As part of a larger multidisciplinary oncology team that works together to diagnose and treat cancer, our team of radiation oncology specialists, including physicians, medical physicists, dosimetrists, nurses, and therapists, creates an individualized radiation therapy plan developed for a patient's specific needs.
It is that single-minded focus on specific cancers that sets Johns Hopkins apart from almost all other medical centers treating cancer, says Russell Hales, MD, a radiation oncologist who specializes in treating lung cancers and other thoracic malignancies. "That focus enables us to provide not only the best possible care but also offer the best treatments that have developed from our translational research (research that results in better clinical care)."
"Because we are a major research center, we can offer clinical trials to our patients that often become the standard of care," he explains. "Being able to participate in these trials means our patients can benefit from these advanced treatments earlier."
Treating lung cancer
The primary treatments given to patients with lung cancer are surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Because cancer specialists at Johns Hopkins work as a multidisciplinary team, each case is considered individually, with a plan created specifically for each patient.
When called for, lung cancers are commonly treated with two types of radiation therapies:
- External beam radiation includes 3D conformal radiation therapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT),
- Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) delivers targeted radiation at high doses, targeting tumors while sparing nearby organs and tissue.
The safety and well being of our patients and their families are always the primary concern of every member of the radiation oncology team. We have developed a comprehensive safety program that is unique to Johns Hopkins. As an international leader in radiation safety, our standards for safety serve as an example for other academic and community-based radiation practices. Our safety program not only complies with state and national protocols, it goes well beyond those protocols by integrating innovative safety techniques developed by experts on our staff.
To find out more about radiation oncology at Johns Hopkins, call 410-502-8000 or e-mail email@example.com.
Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer | Q&A with Russell Hales, M.D.
Radiation oncologist Russell Hales of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center offers the latest on radiation therapy to treat lung cancer patients, including when it’s used, the benefits and side effects, and why it’s important patients are seen at a multidisciplinary cancer center such as the Johns Hopkins Lung Cancer Program.
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