• Intervention radiation mets to lung

    Asked by BIBmom on Friday, October 6, 2017

    Intervention radiation mets to lung

    Anyone had experience with interventional radiation either to kill small malignancies in the lung, or to determine if nodules that no longer light up in a PET are still active cancers?

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • geekling's Avatar

      Nothing quite that particular but I am alive despite 80 radiation sessions which I do not at all recommend.

      Doubtless someone with circumstances once more similar to yours.

      Best wishes

      over 2 years ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar

      I'm doing it right now. True beam radiation to a colon cancer met in top of my left lung, using truebeam. I am 2 treatments out of 4 and the inside of my lung is beginning to hurt.
      I have 3 mets to right lung that havent lit up yet. Doc is observing them for two months and then will decide what to do based on growth. So far only the largest one seems to have grown.

      I feel like I'm stepping on bugs everytine they find a new spot. I can do it but the real question is for how long.

      Does your doctor have a plan?

      over 2 years ago
    • spdsgrl's Avatar

      I wish that my doctor would consider it. I have mets in both lungs ( upper and lower lobes). One getting larger and measured in cm as not mm. I asked him briefly about it but we didn't have an in depth conversation about it. I would really like to though. If you end up getting it, please keep us updated as I am very interested. Whatever you do, I hope everything works out for you and that you have minimal side effects and great results. You will be in my thoughts and prayers

      over 2 years ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar

      @spdsgrl I am very sorry to hear that you have lung mets too! A year ago I imagined that you and I were both going to whip this thing and be rid of it after chemo. Your doctor should talk to you about radiation to tell you whether or not it would help you palliatively. 2 of mine are close to 2 cm so they are zapping them to slow things down.

      over 2 years ago
    • KB2013's Avatar

      They would use it to treat the nodule (if cancer) but not to determine if nodule is cancerous; need biopsy for that.

      over 2 years ago
    • BIBmom's Avatar

      Thanks for all of your responses. The radiation team at MD Anderson decided that radiation in any form was not advised because of the very small size of the few nodules. Instead, they advised maintenance chemo. Not what we'd hoped for.

      over 2 years ago

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