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Radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy, x-ray therapy, or irradiation) is the use of a certain type of energy (called ionizing radiation) to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation therapy injures or destroys cells in the area being treated (the “target tissue”) by damaging their genetic material, making it impossible for these cells to continue to grow and divide. Although radiation damages both cancer cells and normal cells, most normal cells can recover from the effects of radiation and function properly. The goal of radiation therapy is to damage as many cancer cells as possible, while limiting harm to nearby healthy tissue.
NCCN Radiation Therapy Compendium adds nine new clinical practice guidelines in oncology

NCCN Radiation Therapy Compendium adds nine new clinical practice guidelines in oncology

Combined treatment regimen shows early promise in eliminating metastatic prostate cancer

Combined treatment regimen shows early promise in eliminating metastatic prostate cancer

ASTRO issues new clinical guideline for management of oropharyngeal cancer with radiation therapy

ASTRO issues new clinical guideline for management of oropharyngeal cancer with radiation therapy

Clinical study examines impact of yoga on side-effects caused by prostate cancer treatment

Clinical study examines impact of yoga on side-effects caused by prostate cancer treatment

Protocol violations in reduced radiotherapy lead to worse outcomes in children with brain tumors

Protocol violations in reduced radiotherapy lead to worse outcomes in children with brain tumors

Genetic screening and counseling likely to benefit childhood cancer survivors, study suggests

Genetic screening and counseling likely to benefit childhood cancer survivors, study suggests

Researchers identify biomarker for likely aggressive, early-stage breast cancers

Researchers identify biomarker for likely aggressive, early-stage breast cancers

Combination of TTFields with standard therapies may improve survival in pancreatic cancer patients

Combination of TTFields with standard therapies may improve survival in pancreatic cancer patients

Researchers find antibody to be effective against radiation-induced fibrosis

Researchers find antibody to be effective against radiation-induced fibrosis

Virtual environment education decreases anxiety before prostate cancer treatment

Virtual environment education decreases anxiety before prostate cancer treatment

Reirradiation using proton therapy offers new hope for patients with recurrent lung cancer

Reirradiation using proton therapy offers new hope for patients with recurrent lung cancer

Research shows SBRT as viable curative option for older lung cancer patients

Research shows SBRT as viable curative option for older lung cancer patients

Study reveals prevalence of racial disparities in treatment, outcomes of early stage NSCLC patients

Study reveals prevalence of racial disparities in treatment, outcomes of early stage NSCLC patients

Genetic mutations underlying treatment resistance in NSCLC more dynamic than previously thought

Genetic mutations underlying treatment resistance in NSCLC more dynamic than previously thought

Combination approach holds potential for treating lung cancer patients

Combination approach holds potential for treating lung cancer patients

Biomarker blood test detects recurrences of lung cancer before conventional imaging methods

Biomarker blood test detects recurrences of lung cancer before conventional imaging methods

Intensity modulated proton therapy shows early promise for treatment of recurrent lung cancer

Intensity modulated proton therapy shows early promise for treatment of recurrent lung cancer

Roswell Park-led study shows benefits of ‘one and done’ SBRT treatment approach for NSCLC patients

Roswell Park-led study shows benefits of ‘one and done’ SBRT treatment approach for NSCLC patients

Compressed course of radiation treatment benefits men with localized prostate cancer, study shows

Compressed course of radiation treatment benefits men with localized prostate cancer, study shows

Combined therapy extends survival of older patients with glioblastoma, clinical study shows

Combined therapy extends survival of older patients with glioblastoma, clinical study shows