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Zhongguo Fei Ai Za Zhi. 2016 Apr 20;19(4):224-9. doi: 10.3779/j.issn.1009-3419.2016.04.08.

[Whole Brain Irradiation and Hypo-fractionation Radiotherapy for the Metastases in Non-small Cell Lung Cancer].

[Article in Chinese; Abstract available in Chinese from the publisher]

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1
Cancer Center, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, China.
2
Lung Cancer Center, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, China.

Abstract

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Up to 40% non-small cell lung cancer patients developed brain metastasis during progression. Multiple brain metastases are common in non-small cell lung cancer. The prognosis of brain metastasis is poor with median survival of less than 1 year. Radio therapy for brain metastases has gradually developed from whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) to various radiation strategies. WBRT, surgery+WBRT, stereotactic radiotherapy+WBRT or WBRT with simultaneous integrated boost (SIB), etc. have better overall survival than those untreated patients. The damage of the cognitive function from WBRT has been realized recently, however, options of radiation strategies for long expected survival patients remain controversial. This paper will discuss different WBRT strategies and treatment side effects of non-small cell lung cancer with brain metastases.

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