[Clinical study of the effects of radiotherapy in combination with traditional Chinese medicine on non-small cell lung cancer]

Di Yi Jun Yi Da Xue Xue Bao. 2002 Dec;22(12):1112-3.
[Article in Chinese]


Objective: To study the therapeutic effects of radiotherapy combined with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) on non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

Methods: Ninety-two patients with NSCLC were randomly divided into combined treatment group (n=50) and radiotherapy group (n=42). The former group was given TCM in combination with radiotherapy, and the latter group received radiotherapy only. The adverse effects and quality-of-life (QOL) of all the patients were observed after the treatments.

Results: The incidence of adverse effects was much lower in combined treatment group than in radiotherapy group, and significantly greater improvement in QOL of the patients was observed in the former group (P<0.01).

Conclusion: TCM in the combined treatment for patients with NSCLC can reduce the adverse effects of radiotherapy, and improve the life quality of the patients.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • English Abstract
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / drug therapy
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / radiotherapy
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / therapy*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / adverse effects
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / therapeutic use*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Lung Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Lung Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Male
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional
  • Quality of Life
  • Radiotherapy / adverse effects


  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal