Lung Cancer

Proton Therapy for Lung Cancer

For both small cell and non-small cell lung tumors, radiation therapy is frequently used as part of a multi-pronged effort to control the cancer. Depending on the cancer type and many other factors, treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and targeted therapy.

In treating lung cancer, radiation therapy can potentially impact many critical structures in a sensitive area of the body, including the heart and spinal cord. Conventional radiation therapy can pose challenges in terms of delivering an effective dose without risking damage to healthy tissue. In this circumstance, proton therapy may be the therapy of choice to protect these vulnerable areas. With current imaging technology, the precise location of a tumor and its tissue density can be mapped; Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) radiation oncologists, physicists, and dosimetrists can determine the optimal dose and placement for proton therapy and deliver it accurately.

The Best Care—and the Latest Treatments

If you are diagnosed with lung cancer, receiving the best care as soon as possible makes all the difference. The Lung Cancer Program at SCCA is the largest, most experienced program of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. We offer patients the latest in early detection and accurate staging. Our patients also have access to the newest treatments for lung cancer through clinical studies conducted by SCCA’s physician/researchers.

At SCCA, our goal is to determine the right treatment approaches for each individual. Proton therapy is one of many leading-edge treatments we make available to lung cancer patients.