Proton therapy works best for patients whose cancer has not yet spread to other parts of the body. The biggest advantage of this kind of radiation is that it minimizes damage to healthy cells because the protons stop at the target, as opposed to x-rays that continue to pass through the body and leave an exit dose.
There is some debate about whether proton therapy is really necessary given its cost and its limited availability in large swaths of the country.
There are several types of lung cancer surgery, and the decision about which is best is based largely on the location of your cancer, its size and whether it has started to spread.
Surgical Options for Lung Cancer
How to Choose a Surgeon – Does Volume Matter?
What Questions Should I Ask When Choosing a Surgeon?
What is VATS Surgery for Lung Cancer?
Preparing for Lung Cancer Surgery
Quitting Smoking Can Help the Success of Your Lung Cancer Surgery
There Is No "Best Type" of Radiation for Lung Cancer: Understanding Your Choices
Adjuvant Therapy for Stage Two Lung Cancer
The Side Effects of Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer
Managing Pain After Lung Cancer Surgery
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