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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.
Stem cell vaccine helps protect mice against numerous cancers, finds study

Stem cell vaccine helps protect mice against numerous cancers, finds study

Cervical tumors may be vulnerable to therapies that attack cancer's fuel supply, study shows

Cervical tumors may be vulnerable to therapies that attack cancer's fuel supply, study shows

Trial shows safety, feasibility of adding immunotherapy during chemoradiation for head and neck cancer

Trial shows safety, feasibility of adding immunotherapy during chemoradiation for head and neck cancer

Scientists suggest new strategy to inhibit untreatable, deadly nerve sheath tumors

Scientists suggest new strategy to inhibit untreatable, deadly nerve sheath tumors

Lab-grown eggs could combat infertility

Lab-grown eggs could combat infertility

Microbubbles increase radiotherapy success against breast cancer

Microbubbles increase radiotherapy success against breast cancer

NCCN sets new record for guidelines and events

NCCN sets new record for guidelines and events

Refusing surgery decreases chance of beating esophageal cancer, study finds

Refusing surgery decreases chance of beating esophageal cancer, study finds

Oxygen-filled microbubbles make breast tumors more sensitive to radiation therapy

Oxygen-filled microbubbles make breast tumors more sensitive to radiation therapy

UAMS Myeloma Institute expert compiles new book on Castleman disease

UAMS Myeloma Institute expert compiles new book on Castleman disease

Shorter courses of radiation effective for treatment of slow-growing skin cancers

Shorter courses of radiation effective for treatment of slow-growing skin cancers

New palliative radiation techniques could provide better quality of life for lung cancer patients

New palliative radiation techniques could provide better quality of life for lung cancer patients

New gel offers protection for organs at risk during prostate cancer treatment

New gel offers protection for organs at risk during prostate cancer treatment

New discovery could help treat breast cancer through precision medicine

New discovery could help treat breast cancer through precision medicine

Radiation therapy algorithm could lessen side effects, maintain effectiveness of treatment

Radiation therapy algorithm could lessen side effects, maintain effectiveness of treatment

Small-cell lung cancer patients encounter obstacles to receiving standard-of-care treatment

Small-cell lung cancer patients encounter obstacles to receiving standard-of-care treatment

Supercomputers help scientists to devise cancer models for predicting individual treatment outcomes

Supercomputers help scientists to devise cancer models for predicting individual treatment outcomes

Blueberry extract can enhance effectiveness of cervical cancer treatment

Blueberry extract can enhance effectiveness of cervical cancer treatment

Novel GammaPod system receives FDA clearance to treat early stage breast cancer

Novel GammaPod system receives FDA clearance to treat early stage breast cancer

Novel radiotherapy system receives FDA clearance for treating early stage breast cancer

Novel radiotherapy system receives FDA clearance for treating early stage breast cancer