Radiation Therapy for Chest Cancer
Many of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s researchers and clinicians are nationally recognized leaders in developing and using radiation therapies to target cancer. If you have chest cancer, we may suggest radiation therapy as a treatment.
Patients at Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center have access to some of the most advanced radiation therapy technologies available anywhere. All are aimed at increasing both the safety and effectiveness of radiation treatment while minimizing damage to nearby tissue.
Types of Radiation Therapy
If radiation therapy is determined to be an appropriate treatment for your chest cancer, your radiation oncologist will work with you to determine the best type of therapy for you.
This decision will depend on the type, stage, size, and location of the cancer, as well as your overall health, goals, and preferences.
UT Southwestern offers a wide variety of radiation therapies and technologies, including:
- Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
- CyberKnife image-guided robotic radiosurgery
- Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)
- State-of-the-art delivery technologies – including Calypso, RapidArc, onboard imaging, and Align RT – which can optimize the accuracy and speed of tumor targeting
In many cases, our chest cancer physicians take a multipronged approach to treating the disease – combining radiation therapy with chemotherapy (chemoradiation) or surgery (link to thoracic-cancer-surgery).
Simmons Cancer Center offers an array of support services to people undergoing treatment at UT Southwestern for chest cancer – and even for those who have been treated in the past. These services range from survivorship seminars to nutrition counseling to support groups.
UT Southwestern participates in clinical trials to test the efficacy and safety of new treatments for chest cancer. Patients who take part in these trials can access therapies that aren’t available at most other health care centers. Ask your doctor if you are eligible to participate in one of our chest cancer trials.
Request an Appointment
To schedule an appointment with a physician who specializes in treating chest cancer, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.