The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Last Modified: December 13, 2011
Why can’t I get my radiation while I am getting my chemo? Why do I have to wait until I finish chemo?
Susie Lee, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner with Penn Medicine’s Lung Cancer Team, responds:
In some instances, and it may depend on the stage of your lung cancer, it is recommended to give chemotherapy concurrently (at the same time) with radiation for lung cancer. However, often the side effects overlap and it may be too toxic giving the 2 therapies simultaneously. In this case the 2 therapies are given sequentially, or one after the other, to reduce the cumulative toxicity for the patient.
This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View the entire Focus on Lung Cancer transcript.
Jan 21, 2013 - Half of patients with metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer receive at least one course of palliative radiation therapy, with younger patients and those who received chemotherapy or surgery more likely to receive palliative RT, according to a study published online Jan. 7 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Jan 20, 2011