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Lung Cancer Video Library – Spanish Language: Video #44 Treatment of Stage III Unresectable Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

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We are pleased to continue this series of informational videos for our Spanish speaking community.  GRACE is pleased to welcome Dr. Rafael Santana-Davila, Assistant Professor with the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.  In this 44th video for the Spanish lung cancer video library, Dr. Santana-Davila joined GRACE to discuss the treatment of stage 3 unresectable non-small cell lung cancer.




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Tratamiento de Cancer de Pulmón de Células no Pequeñas en Estadio Tres no Resecable

Treatment of Stage III Nonresectable Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer


Rafael Santana-Davila, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Washington Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Seattle, Washington



Cuando el paciente se encuentra en estadio tres y no es candidato a cirugía porque el cancer está en varios ganglios del mediastino o por otras razones, lo que hacemos es quimioterapia con radiación al mismo tiempo. La radiación se da todos los días por cuatro a seis semanas y la quimioterapia dependiendo de qué régimen se escoge puede ser una vez por semana o dos ciclos de quimioterapia durante la radiación.

Para saber cuál quimioterapia es mejor es un poco controversial, pero depende mucho de la plática que se tiene con el paciente para conocer el tiempo que se tiene, los beneficios y riesgos. Los regímenes que son más comunes en Estados Unidos son carboplatino con paclitaxel una vez por semana. Una vez que se acaban las cuatro a seis semanas de radiación, se dan otros dos ciclos que se llaman ciclos de consolidación. El otro régimen que es muy común es cisplatino con etopósido y esto se da dos ciclos de quimioterapia durante la radiación sin hacer quimioterapias adicionales.



When the patient is in stage three and is not a candidate to surgery because the cancer is in some lymph nodes of the mediastinum or other reasons, the best option is chemotherapy with radiation at the same time. The radiation is given every day for four to six weeks and the chemotherapy, depending on the regimen chosen, can be once per week or two cycles of chemotherapy during the entire treatment of radiation.

The types of chemotherapies are controversial because to choose which one is better depends on the discussion you have with your doctor to know the time they have, the risks and benefits. The most common regimens in United States are carboplatin and paclitaxel once per week. Once the four to six weeks are over, two more cycles of radiation are given to consolidate. The other common regimen is cisplatin with etoposide, they are given in two cycles of chemotherapy during the radiation with no additional chemotherapies.

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