Decatur Memorial Hospital offers procedures to diagnose and treat lung cancer. Prior to diagnosis, DMH Interventional Radiologists perform lung biopsies to accurately diagnose disease in patients with suspected lung cancer.
Following a diagnosis, your cancer care team will discuss your treatment options with you. Depending on the stage of the disease and other factors, one of the main treatment options is surgery. Our Cardiothoracic surgeons at Illinois Heart Specialists perform thoracic surgery for lung cancer at DMH.
Stereotactic Body Radio Therapy
Stereotactic Body Radiation Treatment (or SBRT) is another modality available to lung cancer patients to allow delivery of high doses of radiation for early stage/ inoperable tumors. Delivery is with millimeter accuracy allowing higher doses than standard making treatments more convenient while still maintaining minimal toxicity.
Four-dimensional computed tomography (4DCT) technology allows physicians to observe internal anatomy and account for the movement caused by breathing. A 4DCT can be obtained in approximately one minute and reconstructed to create a multi-frame “movie” allowing for the detailed evaluation of the tumor motion. The tumor location can then be accounted for during the respiratory cycle and a more accurate radiation treatment plan can be developed that delivers higher doses to the target while limiting exposure to critical organs. Studies indicate that survival rates are higher when higher doses of radiation are delivered, especially when chemotherapy has been added to the treatment regimen.
SBRT is performed at DMH Cancer Care Institute.
For more information, call 217-876-4700.