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Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Spotlight on Metastatic Cancer

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a time to quit smoking, educate loved ones and raise awareness for the leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women.

More than 9,700 Ohio residents will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2014, according to the American Cancer Society. If lung cancer is discovered at a later stage, it may have metastasized, or spread, to another area of the body.

Metastatic cancer occurs when cancerous cells spread from a primary cancer site to other parts of the body and is associated with late stage cancer. For those with advanced lung cancer, it may be difficult to determine the best option for treating metastatic tumors. According to the National Cancer Institute, lung cancer most commonly spreads to the adrenal glands, bone, brain, liver or other lung.

Columbus CyberKnife treats patients with metastatic lung cancer with stereotactic body radiation therapy. Our center uses CyberKnife® to non-surgically treat tumors and metastatic lesions, which can be particularly beneficial for patients receiving additional treatment concurrently. Stereotactic body radiation therapy can be paired with other treatment methods such as chemotherapy.

For more information on metastatic lung cancer, contact our center at (614) 898-8300.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.