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Lung Seed Implantation
We collaborate with BMC's Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery to offer seed implantation to selected patients as part of their lung tumor surgery. In this procedure, strings of radioactive seeds are sewn into the cavity left behind after the tumor is removed. The radiation offers an extra measure of treatment for any cancer cells which may remain in the margins of the cavity. Like the prostate seeds, these remain in the patient permanently but cause no long-term disruption to the patient's activities. We are one of only a few United States centers using high-dose radiation (60 Gy over 6 ½ weeks) prior to surgery for non-small cell lung cancer.