Radiation oncologist Dr. Chris Loiselle reviews the possibility of re-treating with radiation for lung cancer, typically using stereotactic technique, in a previously irradiated field.
Managing brain metastases is a big concern for lung cancer patients. The doctors discuss the drawbacks of whole brain radiotherapy and the fact that there are still unknowns regarding more targeted stereotactic radiosurgery.
For non-small cell lung cancer patients with multiple brain metastases, the standard approach of whole brain radiotherapy is not necessarily standard for each and every patient. Each patient's specific situation may sometimes be best approached with various combinations of surgery, radiation, medical/systemic therapy, and non-cancer directed treatment.