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Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute

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Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer

We offer the most advanced radiotherapy technologies for lung cancer, including Proton Therapy at the Roberts Proton Therapy Center at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia. Experts in Lancaster and Philadelphia collaborate to ensure seamless care.

Radiation therapy may be used on its own or along with surgery and systemic therapy for lung cancer. Our radiation oncology specialists offer leading-edge radiation technologies tailored to your diagnosis and the extent of your cancer. Accreditation by the American College of Radiology and the American Society for Radiation Oncology reflects the high level of quality, safety and comprehensive services we provide.

External beam radiation therapy

External beam radiation therapy uses a machine directed to treat cancer within the body and  involves a series of daily outpatient treatments. Using intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) techniques, our doctors can conform or shape the radiation to specific tumor size. Treatments are painless and similar to getting an X-ray.

The Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute is equipped with an innovative type of external beam radiation called TomoTherapy® Hi•Art® technology. This state-of-the-art radiation therapy delivery system uses computed tomography (CT) scans. TomoTherapy allows doctors to provide radiation therapy from a full 360 degrees around the tumor. Advantages include:

  • Reduced radiation exposure to healthy tissue
  • Fewer side effects
  • Flexibility to treat difficult-to-reach tumors
  • Shorter course of therapy for early-stage tumors—five treatments over two weeks instead of five treatments a week for up to seven weeks

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