This article reviews radiation treatment of thoracic malignancies in elderly patients. In general the literature suggests that thoracic irradiation is equally efficacious in elderly patients as in younger patients and is associated with increased but acceptable toxicity. Technical advances are allowing a further reduction in morbidity with preliminary results suggestive of stable outcomes. Prospective data from elderly specific trials are needed to determine the optimal treatment of lung cancer and to compare innovative radiation technology with standard therapies.
- Lung cancer
- Thoracic irradiation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine