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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.
Whole-brain radiotherapy recommended for patients with brain metastases

Whole-brain radiotherapy recommended for patients with brain metastases

Anti-cancer protein promotes tumor resistance, shows study

Anti-cancer protein promotes tumor resistance, shows study

Low-dose aspirin may improve survival in patients with head and neck, lung cancers

Low-dose aspirin may improve survival in patients with head and neck, lung cancers

Study examines racial disparities in survival outcomes of pediatric patients with Hodgkin lymphoma

Study examines racial disparities in survival outcomes of pediatric patients with Hodgkin lymphoma

Patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma may benefit from radiation, experience reduced side effects

Patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma may benefit from radiation, experience reduced side effects

IMRT and cisplatin treatment meets acceptability criteria for PFS and swallowing-related QOL

IMRT and cisplatin treatment meets acceptability criteria for PFS and swallowing-related QOL

Clinical trial finds no difference in pain response between SBRT and cEBRT for patients with spinal metastases

Clinical trial finds no difference in pain response between SBRT and cEBRT for patients with spinal metastases

Pre-SRT PSA could serve as prognostic and predictive biomarker of benefit from hormone therapy

Pre-SRT PSA could serve as prognostic and predictive biomarker of benefit from hormone therapy

Radiation therapy reduces episodes of deadly rapid heart rhythm

Radiation therapy reduces episodes of deadly rapid heart rhythm

New biomarkers help predict response to treatment in common brain tumor

New biomarkers help predict response to treatment in common brain tumor

Nanoparticles activated by X rays used to target deep tumours

Nanoparticles activated by X rays used to target deep tumours

ASTRO guideline provides recommendations on use of radiation therapy to treat pancreatic cancer

ASTRO guideline provides recommendations on use of radiation therapy to treat pancreatic cancer

Researchers develop new model to optimize radiation therapy of brain tumors

Researchers develop new model to optimize radiation therapy of brain tumors

Cosmetic appearance after skin cancer therapy may differ based on treatment type

Cosmetic appearance after skin cancer therapy may differ based on treatment type

Breast cancer cells can go into sleep mode and relapse in the future

Breast cancer cells can go into sleep mode and relapse in the future

New cellular processes controlling the formation of lymphatic valves found

New cellular processes controlling the formation of lymphatic valves found

Researchers demonstrate the effectiveness of new bladder cancer treatment

Researchers demonstrate the effectiveness of new bladder cancer treatment

New model developed to optimize and personalize radiotherapy for cancer patients

New model developed to optimize and personalize radiotherapy for cancer patients

New cannabis-based drug shows promise for pancreatic cancer

New cannabis-based drug shows promise for pancreatic cancer

Targeted pancreatic cancer drug shows promise in clinical trials

Targeted pancreatic cancer drug shows promise in clinical trials