San Diego Radiosurgery Reports on Recent Lung Cancer Treatment Trends
April 23, 2013
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San Diego Radiosurgery Reports on Recent Lung Cancer
Lung cancer patients account for more than one-third of the Escondido-based cancer treatment
center’s total cases
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Lung cancer is now the most frequently treated disease at San Diego
Radiosurgery, encompassing more than one-third of total treatments. The center has seen an
increased number of lung cancer cases as a growing number of patients search for a cancer
treatment option that has minimal impact on their daily routines.
Lung cancer is the nation’s second most common cancer diagnosis, and the American Cancer
Society estimates more than 18,500 Californians will face a lung cancer diagnosis this year. While
surgery to remove all or part of the affected lung is the most common treatment for lung cancer,
patients unwilling or unable to undergo surgery typically turn to radiation therapy, though traditional
radiation therapy may be too lengthy for some to endure.
Since opening in 2008, San Diego Radiosurgery has treated lung cancer patients in the area with a
nonsurgical form of cancer treatment called stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). Using
technology, tumors are treated with precisely targeted, high-dose radiation beams. The
treatment requires no incision or sedation.
“Novalis Tx offers patients a new treatment option when facing a cancer diagnosis,” said Dr. Brian
Volpp, medical director of San Diego Radiosurgery. “Lung cancer patients, including those with pre-
existing conditions like emphysema, or with hard-to-reach tumors, can receive treatment with little to
no interruption to their daily lives.”
San Diego Radiosurgery was one of the first in North America to treat a patient using the Novalis Tx
radiosurgery platform with ExacTrac®
adaptive gating, which enables doctors to adjust the radiation
beam, compensating for patient movements, like breathing. Radiation exposure to healthy tissue is
minimized. Tumors are treated in five or fewer sessions, compared to the 40 treatments typically
required with traditional radiation therapy. Following treatment sessions, patients can immediately
return to work and normal activity with few to no side effects.
“Numerous case studies and clinical trials have measured the effects of stereotactic body radiation
therapy in treating tumors,” Dr. Volpp said. “Early results show this form of treatment can be effective
in treating lung cancer.”
In addition to treating lung cancer, San Diego Radiosurgery treats malignant and benign tumors in
many parts of the body, including the prostate, brain, spine, liver, pancreas, kidney, bone and orbit of
the eye; blood vessel abnormalities such as arteriovenous malformations and trigeminal neuralgia, a
rare nerve disorder.
San Diego Radiosurgery is a service of Palomar Health Downtown Campus and is located at 555
East Valley Parkway in Escondido, Calif. For more information, call (760) 739-3835.