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Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer

At Johns Hopkins, our lung cancer team has decades of experience treating patients with advanced radiation therapy techniques We offer radiation therapy as a part of a comprehensive cancer treatment plan that’s designed to meet your unique health needs. Our goal is to help you through every aspect of your cancer treatment.  

Radiation Therapy at Johns Hopkins

Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that uses high-energy rays to destroy lung cancer cells. Most often, we recommend radiation therapy after lung cancer surgery. Radiation therapy also helps to ease symptoms associated with advanced lung cancer such as breathing problems.

We treat lung cancer with various types of radiation therapies: 

  • External beam radiation therapy: Delivers radiation from outside the body, targeting your chest area, such as 3D conformal radiation therapy, which uses beams that match the shape of the tumor (Learn more about external beam radiation.)
  • Internal radiation therapy (radio embolization): Delivers radiation from inside the body to find and kill cancer cells, including interventional pulmonology procedures such as endobronchial brachytherapy, which sends targeted radiation therapy through an endoscope to destroy tumors in the lungs or throat, minimizing damage to the surrounding healthy tissue (Read more about radio embolization.)
  • Stereotactic radiation therapy: Delivers high doses of radiation from different angles to attack the targeted tumor, while preserving nearby healthy tissues and organs (Find out more about stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic radiation therapy.)

Our doctors and researchers are actively involved in the investigation of new radiation therapy techniques, and we offer patients the opportunity to participate in these clinical trials. Learn more about our research and clinical trials.

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.