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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.
ASTRO commends NRC's final rule that defines medical events for permanent implant brachytherapy

ASTRO commends NRC's final rule that defines medical events for permanent implant brachytherapy

Moffitt Cancer Center and Cvergenx form research partnership to revolutionize radiation therapy

Moffitt Cancer Center and Cvergenx form research partnership to revolutionize radiation therapy

Researchers find racial and gender disparities in survival of patients with anal cancer

Researchers find racial and gender disparities in survival of patients with anal cancer

UCLA research in sarcoma provides much-needed roadmap for personalizing therapies

UCLA research in sarcoma provides much-needed roadmap for personalizing therapies

SNMMI recognizes contributions to nuclear medicine and molecular imaging at 2017 annual meeting

SNMMI recognizes contributions to nuclear medicine and molecular imaging at 2017 annual meeting

ASTRO selects 23 exemplary members to receive Fellows designation

ASTRO selects 23 exemplary members to receive Fellows designation

New drug Idhifa for patients with refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) gets FDA nod

New drug Idhifa for patients with refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) gets FDA nod

Antiperspirants can be safely used during breast radiotherapy, study suggests

Antiperspirants can be safely used during breast radiotherapy, study suggests

Advanced lung cancer patients get survival benefit with use of concurrent chemotherapy, proton therapy

Advanced lung cancer patients get survival benefit with use of concurrent chemotherapy, proton therapy

Study: Breast cancer patients receiving neoadjuvant radiation have lower risk of second primary tumor

Study: Breast cancer patients receiving neoadjuvant radiation have lower risk of second primary tumor

MGH researchers identify novel mechanism behind resistance to angiogenesis inhibitors

MGH researchers identify novel mechanism behind resistance to angiogenesis inhibitors

Beaumont Health's new Proton Therapy Center starts treating cancer patients

Beaumont Health's new Proton Therapy Center starts treating cancer patients

ASTRO releases updated insurance coverage recommendations for proton beam therapy to treat cancer

ASTRO releases updated insurance coverage recommendations for proton beam therapy to treat cancer

Study reveals radiation therapy advantage for patients with right-sided colorectal tumors

Study reveals radiation therapy advantage for patients with right-sided colorectal tumors

Clinical trial of immunotherapy shows promising results for patients with melanoma brain tumors

Clinical trial of immunotherapy shows promising results for patients with melanoma brain tumors

New research could help mitigate effects of radiation therapy

New research could help mitigate effects of radiation therapy

Radiation therapy critical to treating brain tumors, but linked to significant adverse effects

Radiation therapy critical to treating brain tumors, but linked to significant adverse effects

Southern Research aims to develop new radiosensitizers that may greatly benefit cancer patients

Southern Research aims to develop new radiosensitizers that may greatly benefit cancer patients

Research shows how adipose tissue reduces efficiency of radiotherapy in breast cancer patients

Research shows how adipose tissue reduces efficiency of radiotherapy in breast cancer patients

Study suggests promising therapeutic strategy for childhood brain tumor

Study suggests promising therapeutic strategy for childhood brain tumor