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Conditions We Treat: Lung Cancer

Radiation therapy is a method of treating lung cancer in its early stages. While surgery may still be used, radiation is becoming an increasingly prominent treatment that’s both noninvasive and effective. As part of a multidisciplinary team, our radiation oncologists use deep expertise in radiation therapy and innovative clinical trials to elevate the standard of care for patients with lung cancer.

Lung Cancer: Why Choose Johns Hopkins

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  • We have deep expertise in radiation therapy. Just like surgery, the success of radiation therapy depends on the expertise and experience of the operator. This is especially true when using intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) to treat lung cancer. By treating a large number of patients in a specialized field, our board-certified radiation oncologists have gained the expertise needed to treat lung cancer with accuracy and precision. In addition, our radiation experts have made extensive efforts to optimize IMRT to maximize patient benefits.
  • We provide multidisciplinary care. In addition to our physician team of radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, thoracic pathologists, thoracic surgeons and chest radiologists, our patients have access to experts in research, nutrition, nursing, social work and pastoral care.
  • Our patients can participate in clinical trials that may lead to enhanced treatments and improved survival outcomes. Many of the primary clinical trials that made immunotherapy so popular in the medical community happened at Johns Hopkins.
 
 
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Battling Lung Cancer with Immunotherapy

Watch John Ryan and Julie Brahmer, M.D., discuss the hope of immunotherapy for people with squamous-non-small cell lung cancer.

Meet other patients treated for lung cancer at Johns Hopkins.

Our Team of Lung Cancer Specialists

Our radiation oncology experts create and deliver quality treatment plans that target lung cancer with accuracy and precision.

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Asrari, Fariba, M.D.

Director, Johns Hopkins Breast Center - Green Spring Station
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), Bladder Cancer, Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancers, Gynecologic Cancers, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Medical Oncology, Melanoma, Metastatic Bone Disease, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Radiation Oncology, Rectal Cancer, Skin Cancer, Small Cell Lung Cancer, Squameous Cell Carcinoma, Testicular Cancer, Vulvar Cancer
 
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Greco, Stephen C, M.D.

Clinical Director, The Kimmel Cancer Center Radiation Oncology at Suburban Hospital
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Liver Cancer, Lung Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Radiation Oncology
 
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Hales, Russell Kenneth, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
Assistant Professor of Oncology
Director, Thoracic Oncology Multidisciplinary Program
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer, Mesothelioma, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Radiation Oncology, Small Cell Lung Cancer, Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Stomach Cancer, Thymoma
 
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Voong, Khinh Ranh, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Esophageal Cancer, Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Lung Cancer, Mesothelioma, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Radiation Oncology, Small Cell Lung Cancer, Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy, Stomach Cancer, Thymoma
 
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Wright, Jean Lundberg, M.D.

Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
Associate Professor of Oncology
Director of Breast Cancer Program, Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Breast Cancer, Radiation Oncology, Thoracic Cancer
 

Our Lung Cancer Treatments

Our radiation oncologists use the following radiation therapies to treat lung cancer:

  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT): This radiation technology allows the operator to adjust the location and intensity of radiation beams in real time.
  • Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT): Used to treat lung cancer in its early stages, this radiation technology delivers very high doses of focused radiation to a small area. By using very sophisticated IMRT technology, the radiation oncologist can increase the intensity of the radiation while compressing the amount of radiation into only three to five sessions. With higher dose rates, SBRT is much more convenient for patients and offers improved success rates. 
  • Brachytherapy: Radioactive implants are placed as close to the cancer as possible. This method is rarely used to treat lung cancer. 

Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer | Q&A with Russell Hales, M.D.

Radiation oncologist Russell Hales 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.

Our Research

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Researchers are exploring the use of SBRT to help activate the immune system in patients with newly diagnosed stage 3 lung cancer. The research focuses on using immunotherapy with radiation as an alternative to using chemotherapy with radiation. 

Find out more about lung cancer clinical trials at Johns Hopkins.

Our Location

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Johns Hopkins offers convenient radiation treatment for lung cancer at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

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