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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.
Researchers examine the protocol for treating aggressive prostate cancer

Researchers examine the protocol for treating aggressive prostate cancer

Adult-onset inflammatory bowel disease tied to higher mortality

Adult-onset inflammatory bowel disease tied to higher mortality

Researchers describe the impact of chronic hepatitis D on parts of the immune system

Researchers describe the impact of chronic hepatitis D on parts of the immune system

Innovative transplantation technique helps find early signs of type 1 diabetes

Innovative transplantation technique helps find early signs of type 1 diabetes

Radiation-induced vascular damage could be treated with IL-1 inhibitors

Radiation-induced vascular damage could be treated with IL-1 inhibitors

Promising radioisotope couple for cancer diagnosis and therapy

Promising radioisotope couple for cancer diagnosis and therapy

Updated ASTRO/AUA Guideline on adjuvant and salvage radiotherapy after prostatectomy

Updated ASTRO/AUA Guideline on adjuvant and salvage radiotherapy after prostatectomy

Angiotensin receptor blockers could improve response to cancer immunotherapy

Angiotensin receptor blockers could improve response to cancer immunotherapy

Prior radioprotection via EGLN inhibitor improves survival in mouse model of pancreatic cancer

Prior radioprotection via EGLN inhibitor improves survival in mouse model of pancreatic cancer

Working to advance accuracy of radiation therapy for pediatric cancer patients

Working to advance accuracy of radiation therapy for pediatric cancer patients

Study: Prior authorization practices cause unnecessary delays and interference in care decisions for cancer patients

Study: Prior authorization practices cause unnecessary delays and interference in care decisions for cancer patients

Magic mouthwash effectively reduces mouth sore pain caused by radiation therapy

Magic mouthwash effectively reduces mouth sore pain caused by radiation therapy

Study finds wide variations in Medicaid reimbursements for radiation therapies

Study finds wide variations in Medicaid reimbursements for radiation therapies

New surgical guideline reduces re-operation rates for breast cancer patients

New surgical guideline reduces re-operation rates for breast cancer patients

Proton therapy shows excellent outcomes, minimal side effects in high-risk neuroblastoma patients

Proton therapy shows excellent outcomes, minimal side effects in high-risk neuroblastoma patients

New technology provides clearer picture to clinicians treating gynecological cancer

New technology provides clearer picture to clinicians treating gynecological cancer

Cancer vaccine injected into tumour could kill all cancer cells

Cancer vaccine injected into tumour could kill all cancer cells

High-dose standard radiation treatment well-tolerated by patients with centrally located NSCLC

High-dose standard radiation treatment well-tolerated by patients with centrally located NSCLC

Magnetic nanoparticles can 'heat up' tumor cells

Magnetic nanoparticles can 'heat up' tumor cells

New study highlights need for equity in access to radiation therapy care in rural areas

New study highlights need for equity in access to radiation therapy care in rural areas