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Radiation Therapy

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy for cancer treatment

Radiation therapy (also called therapeutic radiology or radiation oncology) uses X-rays, gamma rays, and charged particles to fight cancer. Like surgery, radiation therapy is used in several ways depending on the type and location of the cancer. Certain levels of radiation work to destroy cancer cells or prevent cells from growing or reproducing. This treatment may provide a cure for cancer, control the disease, or help relieve its symptoms. Most radiation treatments do not make you radioactive. Talk with your doctor about any precautions you should take when getting radiation therapy.

Although each hospital may have specific protocols, radiation therapy usually begins with these procedures:

What are the different types of radiation therapy?

Radiation therapy is given through different methods, depending on the type of cancer, the location of the cancer, and the patient's health. Sometimes, radiation therapy is used in combination with other treatments. The following are some of the different types of radiation therapy with brief explanations of their goals:

New delivery methods for radiation therapy are under investigation.

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