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Lung Cancer

CenterPoint Radiation Oncology

Rosalyn Morrell, MD

Radiation Oncologist located in Beverly Hills, CA

Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer in men and women and the leading cause of cancer death in all adults. Rosalyn Morrell, MD, is an expert radiation oncologist who treats lung cancer at CenterPoint Radiation Oncology in Beverly Hills, California. For the most precise and accurate radiation therapy for lung cancer, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Lung Cancer

What is lung cancer?

Lung cancer occurs when cancer begins in the lungs. Cancer happens when cells mutate and multiply in an uncontrolled manner, causing tumors to develop. Cancer that begins in another part of your body, such as breast cancer, can also spread to the lungs.

The two main types of lung cancer are small cell and non-small cell. About 80-85% of lung cancer cases are the non-small cell type.

What are the symptoms of lung cancer?

Early stages of lung cancer typically don't cause signs or symptoms. When lung cancer symptoms do develop, they may include:

  • A new, ongoing cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Wheezing
  • Fatigue

Lung cancer symptoms can be due to other conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Make sure to talk to your doctor if you experience some of these symptoms.

What lung cancer treatments are available?

Lung cancer treatment usually involves an integrated approach. At CenterPoint Radiation Oncology, Dr. Morrell works with other specialists, like pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons, to create your personalized lung cancer treatment plan.

Treatment for non-small cell lung cancer may include:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Targeted drug therapy
  • A combination of these treatments

Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are the most common treatments for small cell lung cancer.

How does radiation therapy treat lung cancer?

Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams like X-rays to kill cancer cells. At CenterPoint Radiation Oncology, Dr. Morrell employs the most advanced technologies to effectively treat your specific type of lung cancer. 

Depending on your needs, radiation therapy may include:

External beam radiation

During external beam radiation therapy, you lie on a table while a large machine moves around you and sends radiation beams to precise areas on your body.

Stereotactic body radiotherapy

Stereotactic body radiotherapy is the same procedure as stereotactic radiosurgery, an incision-free brain cancer treatment that uses precisely focused radiation beams to destroy cancer. Stereotactic body radiotherapy targets tumors in parts of your body other than the brain, including the lungs.

During stereotactic body radiotherapy, Dr. Morrell uses 3D imaging to accurately deliver high doses of radiation to a specific area. There’s no cutting or traditional surgery involved. 

For compassion and expertise in lung cancer treatment, call CenterPoint Radiation Oncology, or book an appointment online today.

 

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