Comparison of Radiation Therapy in Patients with Small Cell Lung Cancer

What we are studying

The purpose of this study is to compare the effects of three different ways to give radiation therapy. Two of the ways are experimental, while one of them is standard. The two experimental ways of giving the radiation therapy are (1) once a day with a high dose of radiation for 7 weeks; or (2) once a day for 16 days of treatment (about 3 weeks), followed by twice a day for the remaining 9 days of treatment (about 2 weeks), for a total of 5 weeks. The standard way of giving the radiation therapy is to give it twice a day for 3 weeks. Everyone will get chemotherapy with the standard drugs for your type of cancer. It is not known what the added side effects are using this dose of chemotherapy with any of the three radiotherapy regimens.

Who we are studying

  • Men and Women
  • Races:
    • White
    • African American
    • Asian
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • Other
  • All Ethnicities
  • Ages 18+

Eligibility Criteria

  • Diagnosed with small cell lung cancer
  • Cancer has not spread outside of the chest
  • No previous treatment including chemotherapy and radiation

What is involved

  • Study therapy for 3-4 months
  • Follow-Up exams at least every 3 months for 2 years; every 6 months for 3 years; and then at least yearly for 5 years

Compensation

None

Contact Information

Study Coordinator
Thomas Freeman
Email
thfreema@wakehealth.edu
Phone
Not Listed

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