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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.
New proton therapy targets treatment-resistant cancer cells

New proton therapy targets treatment-resistant cancer cells

Study: Radioactive bone cement is a safer alternative for treating bone tumors

Study: Radioactive bone cement is a safer alternative for treating bone tumors

Researchers discover previously-unknown function in enzyme critical for cancer growth

Researchers discover previously-unknown function in enzyme critical for cancer growth

Genomic test may help guide treatment decisions for patients with recurrent prostate cancer

Genomic test may help guide treatment decisions for patients with recurrent prostate cancer

Cellular survival after radiation exposure depends on the specific protein behavior

Cellular survival after radiation exposure depends on the specific protein behavior

New combination treatment approach improves overall survival in mice with glioblastoma

New combination treatment approach improves overall survival in mice with glioblastoma

Dartmouth-invented camera system captures real-time video of the beam during radiation treatment

Dartmouth-invented camera system captures real-time video of the beam during radiation treatment

Reducing barriers in cancer care for LGBTQ2SPIA+ patients

Reducing barriers in cancer care for LGBTQ2SPIA+ patients

Reduced-dose radiotherapy with cisplatin produces good outcomes for HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancer

Reduced-dose radiotherapy with cisplatin produces good outcomes for HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancer

If I have cancer, dementia or MS, should i get the covid vaccine?

If I have cancer, dementia or MS, should i get the covid vaccine?

Five-day regimen of radiotherapy safe, effective for men with high-risk forms of prostate cancer

Five-day regimen of radiotherapy safe, effective for men with high-risk forms of prostate cancer

UC researchers test new combination therapy for head and neck cancer in animal models

UC researchers test new combination therapy for head and neck cancer in animal models

Researchers develop FLASH ultra-high-dose rate radiation therapy beam for cancer treatment

Researchers develop FLASH ultra-high-dose rate radiation therapy beam for cancer treatment

FISH technique can be used to probe sperm DNA for chromosomal defects

FISH technique can be used to probe sperm DNA for chromosomal defects

Researchers discover a new approach to inhibit intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma

Researchers discover a new approach to inhibit intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma

Gut microbe may play a role in the development of breast cancers

Gut microbe may play a role in the development of breast cancers

Researchers apply AI to help physicians customize treatments for patients with oral cancers

Researchers apply AI to help physicians customize treatments for patients with oral cancers

Study uncovers why cancer patients with liver metastases have poor outcomes

Study uncovers why cancer patients with liver metastases have poor outcomes

Biologist receives NIH grant to build software tools to predict cancer drug efficacy

Biologist receives NIH grant to build software tools to predict cancer drug efficacy

Surgery may increase length of survival for metastatic breast cancer patients

Surgery may increase length of survival for metastatic breast cancer patients