Lung Cancer pp 99-109 | Cite as

Role of Radiotherapy

Part of the Recent Results in Cancer Research book series (RECENTCANCER, volume 92)


When high energy X-ray equipment was developed to produce sufficiently penetrating beams to treat deep-seated intrathoracic tumours, it became evident that regression of lung cancers could be achieved. For the majority of patients radiotherapy provided only a short remission of symptoms produced by local compression or infiltration of intrathoracic structures by tumour. In 1956 however Smart and Hilton reported on 40 highly selected cases of whom nine (22.5%) survived 5 years. Since than there have been many reports confirming that 2%–10% of patients with inoperable lung cancer can be cured by radiotherapy. With such a small cure rate in a very common condition it is especially important to identify as carefully as possible those patients who are most likely to benefit from treatment and the most effective way of delivering it.


Lung Cancer Local Tumour Control Bronchogenic Carcinoma Advanced Lung Cancer Local Tumour Control Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Ash
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiotherapy and OncologyCookridge HospitalLeedsGreat Britain

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