Holger L. Gieschen, MD
Radiation therapy can be a highly effective tool for the treatment of patients with lung cancer, but Holger L. Gieschen, MD, notes that practitioners should take caution with potential adverse events associated with the modality.
“Side effects may induce skin reactions and some irritation of the lung. Acute side effects are usually transient and are not cause for concern,” says Gieschen. “Long-term side effects can result in lung fibrosis and diminished lung volume and capacity. One of the most significant side effects that can result from radiation therapy is radiation pneumonitis, which is not due to bacteria or infection, but the radiation itself. Some of these patients require steroid treatments, which can be difficult to handle.”
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