Radiation therapy in bronchogenic carcinoma

Radiology. 1979 Jul;132(1):175-6. doi: 10.1148/132.1.175.

Abstract

Response of intrathoracic symptoms to thoracic irradiation was evaluated in 330 patients. Superior vena caval syndrome and hemoptysis showed the best response, with rates of 86% and 83%, respectively, compared to 73% for pain in the shoulder and arm and 60% for dyspnea and chest pain. Atelectasis showed re-expansion in only 23% of cases, but this figure increased to 57% for patients with oat-cell carcinoma. Vocal cord paralysis improved in only 6% of cases. Radiation therapy has a definite positive role in providing symptomatic relief for patients with carcinoma of the lung.

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Bronchogenic / complications
  • Carcinoma, Bronchogenic / radiotherapy*
  • Cobalt Radioisotopes / therapeutic use
  • Hemoptysis / etiology
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / complications
  • Lung Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Particle Accelerators
  • Radioisotope Teletherapy / adverse effects
  • Radiotherapy / adverse effects
  • Radiotherapy Dosage
  • Radiotherapy, High-Energy / adverse effects
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Syndrome
  • Vascular Diseases / etiology
  • Vena Cava, Superior

Substances

  • Cobalt Radioisotopes