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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.
Trastuzumab combined with trimodality treatment for HER2-overexpressing esophageal cancer found to be ineffective

Trastuzumab combined with trimodality treatment for HER2-overexpressing esophageal cancer found to be ineffective

Study findings could help guide treatment planning for men with high-risk prostate cancer

Study findings could help guide treatment planning for men with high-risk prostate cancer

Addition of hormone therapy to radiotherapy treatments improves survival in prostate cancer patients

Addition of hormone therapy to radiotherapy treatments improves survival in prostate cancer patients

ASTRO provides new guidance on the use of external beam radiation therapy for primary liver cancers

ASTRO provides new guidance on the use of external beam radiation therapy for primary liver cancers

Transplant recipients benefit from a COVID-19 vaccine booster

Transplant recipients benefit from a COVID-19 vaccine booster

Black men with prostate cancer may have improved response to radiation therapy than white men

Black men with prostate cancer may have improved response to radiation therapy than white men

Inhaled CBD shrinks glioblastoma’s size in an animal model

Inhaled CBD shrinks glioblastoma’s size in an animal model

Study provides a more effective treatment approach to preventing graft-versus-host-disease

Study provides a more effective treatment approach to preventing graft-versus-host-disease

Cedars-Sinai researchers discover growth hormone in the colon that influences aging process

Cedars-Sinai researchers discover growth hormone in the colon that influences aging process

NRG Oncology CC004 trial: Bupropion does not improve sexual desire for female cancer survivors

NRG Oncology CC004 trial: Bupropion does not improve sexual desire for female cancer survivors

Modulating the composition of bacterial populations in the colon could enhance anti-tumor immunity

Modulating the composition of bacterial populations in the colon could enhance anti-tumor immunity

Most U.S. states failed to prioritize cancer patients for COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Most U.S. states failed to prioritize cancer patients for COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Study shows vaccinated multiple myeloma patients at greater risk of breakthrough SARS-CoV-2 infections

Study shows vaccinated multiple myeloma patients at greater risk of breakthrough SARS-CoV-2 infections

Proton therapy used for the first time in Switzerland to treat lung cancer

Proton therapy used for the first time in Switzerland to treat lung cancer

Radiation therapy puts childhood cancer survivors at higher risk of cardiometabolic disease

Radiation therapy puts childhood cancer survivors at higher risk of cardiometabolic disease

Arginine treatment enhances effectiveness of radiation therapy in cancer patients with brain metastases

Arginine treatment enhances effectiveness of radiation therapy in cancer patients with brain metastases

Researchers develop a new test to more easily diagnose medulloblastoma

Researchers develop a new test to more easily diagnose medulloblastoma

Two new studies show how to enhance effectiveness of cancer immunotherapy

Two new studies show how to enhance effectiveness of cancer immunotherapy

Five-day course of preoperative radiation therapy for sarcoma provides excellent local control rates

Five-day course of preoperative radiation therapy for sarcoma provides excellent local control rates

New treatment for HPV-associated oropharynx cancer leads to excellent disease control, less side effects

New treatment for HPV-associated oropharynx cancer leads to excellent disease control, less side effects