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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.
Radiotherapy for breast cancer linked to greater risk of second primary lung cancer

Radiotherapy for breast cancer linked to greater risk of second primary lung cancer

New ASTRO guideline underscores safety, effectiveness of palliative radiation therapy for bone metastases

New ASTRO guideline underscores safety, effectiveness of palliative radiation therapy for bone metastases

Genetic profiling of blood cells can predict response to stem cell transplant for patients with MDS

Genetic profiling of blood cells can predict response to stem cell transplant for patients with MDS

Yale researchers identify new genetic defect in brain tumor cells that prevents DNA repair

Yale researchers identify new genetic defect in brain tumor cells that prevents DNA repair

Study shows decreased incidence of radiation esophagitis in elderly NSCLC patients

Study shows decreased incidence of radiation esophagitis in elderly NSCLC patients

New PET radiotracer effectively detects early and advanced stages of prostate cancer

New PET radiotracer effectively detects early and advanced stages of prostate cancer

UTHealth and Children's Memorial Hermann begin two new clinical trials for pediatric brain cancer

UTHealth and Children's Memorial Hermann begin two new clinical trials for pediatric brain cancer

Breast conserving therapy better than mastectomy in early-stage breast cancer patients

Breast conserving therapy better than mastectomy in early-stage breast cancer patients

DCIS patients more likely to be alive ten years later than women in general population

DCIS patients more likely to be alive ten years later than women in general population

Overall survival of advanced NSCLC patients receiving treatment better than untreated patients

Overall survival of advanced NSCLC patients receiving treatment better than untreated patients

TGen scientists identify potent inhibitory compound for treatment against glioblastoma

TGen scientists identify potent inhibitory compound for treatment against glioblastoma

Anxiety after prostate cancer diagnosis may motivate men to choose aggressive treatment, study reports

Anxiety after prostate cancer diagnosis may motivate men to choose aggressive treatment, study reports

Yale study highlights treatment burden experienced by older lung cancer patients

Yale study highlights treatment burden experienced by older lung cancer patients

Study shows promising results for treating lymphoma patients with immune cell therapy

Study shows promising results for treating lymphoma patients with immune cell therapy

Yoga during active treatment can provide QOL benefits for pediatric cancer patients and parents

Yoga during active treatment can provide QOL benefits for pediatric cancer patients and parents

APEx accreditation for Northeast Radiation Oncology Center

APEx accreditation for Northeast Radiation Oncology Center

UCLA-led research finds promising results for more personalized head and neck cancer treatment

UCLA-led research finds promising results for more personalized head and neck cancer treatment

Study reveals impact of histology on SBRT treatment in early-stage NSCLC patients

Study reveals impact of histology on SBRT treatment in early-stage NSCLC patients

Novel genomics model allows personalized approach to radiation therapy

Novel genomics model allows personalized approach to radiation therapy

Study examines health care costs linked to lumpectomy patients requiring reoperations

Study examines health care costs linked to lumpectomy patients requiring reoperations