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Can the gamma knife be used on lung cancer

03/21/2008

Question:

My husband was diagnosed with lung cancer. He has a tumor the size of a golf ball. Due to COPD he has only 25 - 35% lung capacity and the doctor thinks he wouldn`t survive surgery. He is 64 years old. Too bad - the tumor is perfectly round and has not metastasized. What are the likely options?

Answer:

I think that with this lung capacity he may still be a surgical candidate. He would require a six minute walk and a quantitative perfusion scan to truly tell if he is a candidate or not.

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Susan  Moffatt-Bruce, MD, PhD Susan Moffatt-Bruce, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of
Thoracic Surgery
Molecular, Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University