Chemoradiotherapy is the combination of chemotherapy and radiation. Cytotoxic medicines are utilised in chemotherapy. Cytotoxic medicines are substances that kill or slow the growth of cancer cells. Chemotherapy for lung cancer can be administered intravenously (IV) or taken orally in the form of pills.

Short sessions of radiotherapy are usually administered four to six times each week. Before beginning therapy, a radiologist will calculate the amount of radiation to be delivered, and microscopic marks will be created in the skin to focus on the areas that require treatment. During treatment, the patient may be required to maintain his or her hand over his or her head, or the patient may be given a mould to keep still.

Drugs used in this therapy-

Chemoradiotherapy can be provided in the following ways:

  • Concurrent (Both chemo and RT simultaneously)
  • Sequential (Chemotherapy followed by Radiotherapy)

Side effects

  • Tiredness \ Weakness
  • Chances of contracting an infection are increased.
  • Breathlessness
  • Nose and gums bleeding
  • Damage to the kidneys
  • Hearing alterations
  • Periods come to an end
  • Appetite loss.
  • Loss of weight
  • In the toes or fingers, there is a tingling sensation.
  • Skin changes associated with pericarditis