Stereotactic body radiation therapy conference

al two phases enrolled 117 patients, making the study the largest prospective clinical trial of stereotactic body radiation therapy for medically inoperable Stage I lung cancer.

"Initial results for the second phase of the study are very encouraging," said Dr. Timmerman. "We have seen very few recurrences of the cancer. In the phase one portion of the trial we had higher rates of local recurrence at the lower doses of radiation and as the doses increased the recurrence rates dramatically decreased."

Patients enrolled in the second phase were treated with biologically more potent doses than conventionally used but patients received only three outpatient treatments compared to 30-35 treatments administered for standard therapy.

Recruitment for the nationwide trial will begin later this summer. Individuals interested in more information about treatments available at IU should contact Tia Whitford at 317-274-1189.

Each of the Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy conferences has been organized by Ronald McGarry, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of clinical radiation oncology at IU, who said about 120 physicians and researchers will attend. Stereotactic therapy has a limited number of practitioners and researchers and the IU Department of Radiation Oncology is known as an international leader in the sub-specialty, said Dr. McGarry.

Symposium participants from as far away as Japan will explore the rationale for radiation in the treatment of cancers and discuss new technologies and treatment data.

"Stereotactic therapy is showing great promise for the treatment of difficult cancers such as lung, liver and the spine," said Dr. McGarry. "The specialty is relatively young and is proving to be a viable alternative to conventional surgery and another treatment option for patients who are not good candidates for surgery."


Contact: Joe Stuteville
Indiana University

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