Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment. It uses high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and stop them from spreading. About half of all cancer patients receive it. The radiation may be external, from special machines, or internal, from radioactive substances that a doctor places inside your body. The type of radiation therapy you receive depends on many factors, including

  • The type of cancer
  • The size of the cancer
  • The cancer's location in the body
  • How close the cancer is to normal tissues that are sensitive to radiation
  • How far into the body the radiation needs to travel
  • Your general health and medical history
  • Whether you will have other types of cancer treatment
  • Other factors, such as your age and other medical conditions

Radiation therapy can damage normal cells as well as cancer cells. Treatment must be carefully planned to minimize side effects. Common side effects include skin changes and fatigue. Other side effects depend on the part of your body being treated.

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  1. Radiation Therapy (National Library of Medicine)  
    Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment. It uses high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and stop ... doctor places inside your body. The type of radiation therapy you receive depends on many factors, including The ...
  2. Radiation therapy uses high-powered x-rays, particles, or radioactive seeds to kill cancer cells. ... Cancer cells multiply faster than ...
  3. Whole breast radiation therapy uses high-powered x-rays to kill breast cancer cells.With this type of radiation therapy, the whole ...
  4. ... radiation is most harmful to quickly growing cells, radiation therapy damages cancer cells more easily than normal cells. ... Brachytherapy delivers radiation therapy directly to where cancer ... are located. It may involve placing a radioactive source into ...
  5. Partial breast radiation therapy uses high-powered x-rays to kill breast cancer cells. It is also called accelerated partial breast radiation ( ...
  6. Oral mucositis is tissue swelling in the mouth. Radiation therapy or chemotherapy may cause mucositis. Follow your health ... sores. Infection. Bleeding, if you are getting chemotherapy. Radiation therapy usually does not lead to bleeding. With chemotherapy, ...
  7. You are having radiation therapy . This is treatment that uses high-powered x-rays or particles to kill cancer cells. You may receive radiation ...
  8. Unlike other types of radiation therapy that use x-rays to destroy cancer cells, proton therapy uses a beam of special particles called protons. Doctors can ...
  9. External Beam Radiation Therapy for Cancer From the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute)  
    Anal Cancer/Treatments and Therapies ... Anal Cancer ... External beam radiation therapy is used to treat many types of cancer. it is a local treatment, where a ...
  10. Radiation Therapy Side Effects (American Cancer Society)  
    Radiation Therapy/Related Issues ... Radiation Therapy ... American Cancer Society ... Radiation therapy can have specific side effects depending on what area is being ...
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