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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.
AI-enabled device detects if targeted chemotherapy is working

AI-enabled device detects if targeted chemotherapy is working

Researchers pinpoint treatment target for rare liver cancer in adolescents, young adults

Researchers pinpoint treatment target for rare liver cancer in adolescents, young adults

New class of cancer-killing agents shows promise in destroying cancer stem cells

New class of cancer-killing agents shows promise in destroying cancer stem cells

New research uncovers mechanism behind the newest generation of cancer drugs

New research uncovers mechanism behind the newest generation of cancer drugs

Immune-boosting compound could make pancreatic cancers susceptible to immunotherapy

Immune-boosting compound could make pancreatic cancers susceptible to immunotherapy

Introduction of default physician order reduces unnecessary imaging for cancer patients

Introduction of default physician order reduces unnecessary imaging for cancer patients

Using artificial intelligence to personalize the dose of radiation therapy for cancer patients

Using artificial intelligence to personalize the dose of radiation therapy for cancer patients

Immune system could be blamed for ineffectiveness of high-dose radiation against lung cancer

Immune system could be blamed for ineffectiveness of high-dose radiation against lung cancer

Researchers explore new immune checkpoint for head and neck cancer

Researchers explore new immune checkpoint for head and neck cancer

Women more likely to suffer from long-term cognitive impairment after brain tumor radiation

Women more likely to suffer from long-term cognitive impairment after brain tumor radiation

Chemotherapy can wreak havoc on the heart

Chemotherapy can wreak havoc on the heart

Cancer patients taking statin medication has lower risk of suffering a stroke

Cancer patients taking statin medication has lower risk of suffering a stroke

Postmenopausal breast cancer survivors at greater risk for developing heart disease

Postmenopausal breast cancer survivors at greater risk for developing heart disease

A 'health number' that could tell about prostate disease

A 'health number' that could tell about prostate disease

New approach could help in treating brain tumors, other rare cancers

New approach could help in treating brain tumors, other rare cancers

Radiation associated with increased risk of adverse cardiac events in lung cancer patients

Radiation associated with increased risk of adverse cardiac events in lung cancer patients

Robotic surgery for oropharyngeal cancer not better than radiation therapy, study finds

Robotic surgery for oropharyngeal cancer not better than radiation therapy, study finds

ASTRO applauds new prior authorization legislation that aims to reduce obstacles in cancer care

ASTRO applauds new prior authorization legislation that aims to reduce obstacles in cancer care

Researchers develop novel imaging test to predict immunotherapy response in kidney cancer

Researchers develop novel imaging test to predict immunotherapy response in kidney cancer

Study identifies promising cancer target for liposarcoma

Study identifies promising cancer target for liposarcoma