New radiation therapy offers hope to cancer patients

March 16, 2010 1:59:54 PM PDT
A new form of radiation therapy holds the promise of longer life for some lung cancer patients. It involves aiming powerful beams of radiation precisely at tumors just one to five times.

Research in the Journal of the American Medical Association says this treatment controlled tumor growth for three years in nearly 98 percent of patients.

The success rate offers hope for patients with inoperable non small cell lung cancer.

Additionally, there were fewer side effects with the new radiation beam therapy.