Late-Stage Lung Cancer Often Overtreated

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Palliative radiation therapy can reduce the pain from lung tumors and improve quality of life for patients with advanced lung cancer.

However, almost half of these patients receive more than the recommended number of treatments, according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Guidelines recommend administering no more than 15 radiation treatments for pain in stage 4 lung cancer. Patients should also not receive chemotherapy at the same time, to reduce the risk of toxicity.

This study reviewed 47,000 cases of stage 4 lung cancer in which the patient received palliative radiation in the United States between 2004 and 2012.

The researchers found that approximately 1 in 5 patients had received chemotherapy at the same time and nearly one-third had received more than 25 radiation treatments.

In addition, the researchers found patients with private insurance were 40% more likely than others to receive more than the recommended 15 radiation treatments.

Community cancer centers—clinics without ties to an academic institution—were also more likely to overtreat patients.

Private insurance is billed per-treatment, which could create a financial incentive for physicians to overtreat those patients.

The study’s lead author, however, pointed out that these patients may also be receiving more treatments because they are perceived to have better potential for a more positive outcome.

Missed diagnostic testing has a negative impact on lung cancer treatment
Palliative radiation therapy can reduce the pain from lung tumors and improve quality of life for patients with advanced lung cancer.
Almost half of patients with advanced lung cancer receive more than the recommended number of radiation treatments to reduce their pain, according to a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Radiation therapy that is palliative, or not intended to cure, can reduce the pain from lung tumors and improve quality of life.
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