However, (concurrent chemo and proton therapy) can be very difficult for lung cancer patients due to associated toxicities and because many patients are also dealing with comorbidities-
The study linked and excerpted below offers good news and bad news. The good news is that lung cancer therapy is improving. Concurrent chemo and proton radiation can kill your inoperable lung cancer giving you a longer length of life aka overall survival.
The bad news is that any and all concurrent chemo and radiation is really hard on the patient. While proton radiotherapy is better than photon radiotherapy, we are talking about a lot of toxicity. While toxicity is a part of almost all cancer patients lives the collateral damage caused by combined chemo and radiation for the average lung cancer patient often leads to changing therapy, discontinuing therapy, causing irreparable harm and sometimes even the death of the patient.
I believe the solution is evidence-based non-toxic integrative therapies. Those therapies that studies have shown can enhance the efficacy of either the chemo or the radiation while reducing the damage caused by toxic therapies. CBD oil, nutrition, supplementation, and more.
I am both a cancer survivor and cancer coach. I have maintained complete remission from my own cancer since ’99 helped by evidence-based non-conventional therapies and I recommend them for you.
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“For patients with advanced, inoperable stage 3 lung cancer, concurrent chemotherapy and the specialized radiation treatment, proton therapy, offers improved survival compared to historical data for standard of care, according to a new study…
“Advanced lung cancer patients with inoperable disease traditionally have been treated with concurrent chemotherapy and conventional photon radiation therapy. However, the therapy can be very difficult for patients due to associated toxicities and because many patients are also dealing with comorbidities…”
Among the acute and late toxic effects diagnosed in patients were: esophagitis, pneumonitis and cardiac arrhythmia…
Of greatest significance: the study was designed more than a decade ago. While the study’s survival, recurrence rates and toxic effects are still favorable when compared to rates associated with the most advanced traditional photon radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), technology to diagnose and stage the disease, as well all treatment modalities have significantly improved…”