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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.
NCI gives 'exceptional' rating to Penn's Abramson Cancer Center

NCI gives 'exceptional' rating to Penn's Abramson Cancer Center

Avoiding care during the pandemic could mean life or death

Avoiding care during the pandemic could mean life or death

Study suggests new approach to make radiation therapy more effective for glioblastoma patients

Study suggests new approach to make radiation therapy more effective for glioblastoma patients

Two young scientists receive Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Award

Two young scientists receive Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Award

New approach tracks tumors in real time, could improve outcomes for cancer patients

New approach tracks tumors in real time, could improve outcomes for cancer patients

New test uses a single drop of blood to rapidly detect radiation sickness

New test uses a single drop of blood to rapidly detect radiation sickness

Surgical delay linked to increased risk in gastrointestinal malignancies, study finds

Surgical delay linked to increased risk in gastrointestinal malignancies, study finds

DNA resection pathways are highly specific, shows study

DNA resection pathways are highly specific, shows study

Women with breast cancer diagnosed at earlier stage in states with expanded Medicaid coverage

Women with breast cancer diagnosed at earlier stage in states with expanded Medicaid coverage

Study links unexpected hospital stays to negative outcomes in head and neck cancer patients

Study links unexpected hospital stays to negative outcomes in head and neck cancer patients

NCI supports NRG Oncology Biospecimen Bank

NCI supports NRG Oncology Biospecimen Bank

Black patients with esophageal cancer less likely to receive surgery for early-stage disease

Black patients with esophageal cancer less likely to receive surgery for early-stage disease

Developing betatron based medical complexes to reduce the chance of cancer recurrence

Developing betatron based medical complexes to reduce the chance of cancer recurrence

Not having surgery lowers risk of stroke, death in patients with brain AVMs

Not having surgery lowers risk of stroke, death in patients with brain AVMs

Interventional treatment for brain AVMs could be more dangerous than the disease itself

Interventional treatment for brain AVMs could be more dangerous than the disease itself

USC researchers unlock fatal vulnerability in many cancer cells

USC researchers unlock fatal vulnerability in many cancer cells

Two clinical trials use low-dose X-rays to treat COVID-19 pneumonia

Two clinical trials use low-dose X-rays to treat COVID-19 pneumonia

Combination of antibodies and internal radiation can help fight cervical cancer

Combination of antibodies and internal radiation can help fight cervical cancer

New treatment may improve the quality of life for patients with mesothelioma

New treatment may improve the quality of life for patients with mesothelioma

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awards $3.2 million to early-career physician-scientists

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awards $3.2 million to early-career physician-scientists