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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.
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

Intervention erases Black-white survival gaps in early-stage lung and breast cancer patients

Intervention erases Black-white survival gaps in early-stage lung and breast cancer patients

Fewer, higher doses of post-prostatectomy radiation therapy does not increase long-term side effects

Fewer, higher doses of post-prostatectomy radiation therapy does not increase long-term side effects

Genetic biomarker test predicts how men with high-risk prostate cancer will respond to treatment

Genetic biomarker test predicts how men with high-risk prostate cancer will respond to treatment

New findings may help widen therapeutic interventions for B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia

New findings may help widen therapeutic interventions for B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia

New system for targeted cancer radiation therapy using gold nanoparticles

New system for targeted cancer radiation therapy using gold nanoparticles

Ondansetron use associated with increased survival in mechanically ventilated COVID-19 patients

Ondansetron use associated with increased survival in mechanically ventilated COVID-19 patients

'Fractionated' radiation therapy for spinal tumors helps prevent vertebral compression fractures

'Fractionated' radiation therapy for spinal tumors helps prevent vertebral compression fractures

Northwestern’s SPORE has made advances in understanding the genetic basis of glioblastoma

Northwestern’s SPORE has made advances in understanding the genetic basis of glioblastoma

Portable PDT device could pave the way for at-home treatment of basal cell carcinoma

Portable PDT device could pave the way for at-home treatment of basal cell carcinoma

Breast radiation after lumpectomy decreases incidence of ipsilateral breast recurrence for 'low risk' DCIS

Breast radiation after lumpectomy decreases incidence of ipsilateral breast recurrence for 'low risk' DCIS

Radiation therapy for ventricular tachycardia may revert heart muscle cells to a younger state

Radiation therapy for ventricular tachycardia may revert heart muscle cells to a younger state

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