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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.
Combination of two types of radiation therapy is better for treating brain cancer

Combination of two types of radiation therapy is better for treating brain cancer

Results from a clinical study of CyberKnife ® radiosurgery for locally advanced pancreatic cancer

Results from a clinical study of CyberKnife ® radiosurgery for locally advanced pancreatic cancer

Combination radiation treatment for brain cancer leads to better life

Combination radiation treatment for brain cancer leads to better life

Patients with leukemia or lymphoma who undergo hematopoietic-cell transplantation and survive can expect full recovery to take 3-5 years

Patients with leukemia or lymphoma who undergo hematopoietic-cell transplantation and survive can expect full recovery to take 3-5 years

FDA approves new drug for bone marrow disease

FDA approves new drug for bone marrow disease

Computed tomography solution offers more extensive views into the body with greater patient comfort

Computed tomography solution offers more extensive views into the body with greater patient comfort

Better understanding of radiation therapy in the treatment of breast cancer

Better understanding of radiation therapy in the treatment of breast cancer

World's first gene therapy trial aimed at preventing cancer

World's first gene therapy trial aimed at preventing cancer

ASTRO holds first legislative training program in Washington, D.C.

ASTRO holds first legislative training program in Washington, D.C.

IMRT controls head and neck cancer reducing radiation side effects

IMRT controls head and neck cancer reducing radiation side effects

Minimal information available on the likelihood of side effects from prostate cancer treatment

Minimal information available on the likelihood of side effects from prostate cancer treatment

Breast cancer treatment based on MIT radar research

Breast cancer treatment based on MIT radar research

Lung tumor therapies improved by combining scanning technologies

Lung tumor therapies improved by combining scanning technologies

New online prostate calculator

New online prostate calculator

Women treated with radiation therapy to cure Wilms tumor can have healthy babies if entire pelvis was not irradiated

Women treated with radiation therapy to cure Wilms tumor can have healthy babies if entire pelvis was not irradiated

Researchers find new purpose for existing drugs to suppress colon cancer metastasis, secure post-radiation brain function, and trick tumors

Researchers find new purpose for existing drugs to suppress colon cancer metastasis, secure post-radiation brain function, and trick tumors

Study suggests cigarette smoking increases likelihood of death by prostate cancer

Study suggests cigarette smoking increases likelihood of death by prostate cancer

Radiation therapy for recurring prostate cancer

Radiation therapy for recurring prostate cancer

Improvements needed in breast cancer treatment

Improvements needed in breast cancer treatment