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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.
Study provides new insights into mechanism of tumor survival in glioblastoma

Study provides new insights into mechanism of tumor survival in glioblastoma

Two immunotherapy approaches for multiple myeloma show hope

Two immunotherapy approaches for multiple myeloma show hope

Shorter course of radiation may be preferred treatment for men with intermediate-risk prostate cancer

Shorter course of radiation may be preferred treatment for men with intermediate-risk prostate cancer

New treatment aims to target abnormally shaped protein in deadly childhood brain cancer

New treatment aims to target abnormally shaped protein in deadly childhood brain cancer

'Aggressive' surgery for early stage lung cancer provides better outcomes

'Aggressive' surgery for early stage lung cancer provides better outcomes

Study uncovers key mechanism by which tumors develop resistance to radiation therapy

Study uncovers key mechanism by which tumors develop resistance to radiation therapy

UVA scientists working to find end-around method to stop triple-negative breast cancer

UVA scientists working to find end-around method to stop triple-negative breast cancer

UNT professor develops alternative to anesthesia for pediatric cancer patients undergoing radiation

UNT professor develops alternative to anesthesia for pediatric cancer patients undergoing radiation

CMS report on radiation oncology alternative payment model provides viable path to better cancer care

CMS report on radiation oncology alternative payment model provides viable path to better cancer care

Researchers show how changes along lining of mammary ducts can lead to breast cancer

Researchers show how changes along lining of mammary ducts can lead to breast cancer

Updated guidelines offer support for appropriate, safe use of accelerated partial-breast irradiation

Updated guidelines offer support for appropriate, safe use of accelerated partial-breast irradiation

Survival of early stage lung cancer patients improves with advancement in surgery, radiation

Survival of early stage lung cancer patients improves with advancement in surgery, radiation

What men need to know: Prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of prostate cancer

What men need to know: Prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of prostate cancer

Proton beam therapy can help improve outcomes in elderly patients with esophageal cancer

Proton beam therapy can help improve outcomes in elderly patients with esophageal cancer

Yoga can be beneficial to people with lung cancer and their caregivers

Yoga can be beneficial to people with lung cancer and their caregivers

Proton beam therapy has lower rates of toxicity in pediatric patients with head and neck cancer

Proton beam therapy has lower rates of toxicity in pediatric patients with head and neck cancer

So much care it hurts: Unneeded scans, therapy, surgery only add to patients’ ills

So much care it hurts: Unneeded scans, therapy, surgery only add to patients’ ills

Factors associated with disparities in breast cancer survival studied

Factors associated with disparities in breast cancer survival studied

New U-M study examines why overtreatment in older breast cancer patients persists

New U-M study examines why overtreatment in older breast cancer patients persists

Gene targets for triple negative breast cancers resistant to chemotherapy found

Gene targets for triple negative breast cancers resistant to chemotherapy found