A contemporary review of radiation pneumonitis

Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2020 Jul;26(4):321-325. doi: 10.1097/MCP.0000000000000682.


Purpose of review: The current article reviews recent literature and summarizes the current understanding, diagnosis, risk, predictors, and management of radiation pneumonitis.

Recent findings: We discuss the different parameters that contribute to radiation toxicity, the potential biomarkers that predict the risk, and mitigators of radiation pneumonitis.

Summary: Radiotherapy aims to provide care and a better quality of life in cancer patients however with complications. Radiation pneumonitis is important to recognize to appropriately plan and care for this population.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Quality of Life*
  • Radiation Pneumonitis / diagnosis*
  • Radiation Pneumonitis / epidemiology
  • Radiation Pneumonitis / etiology
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed