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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.
Adding radiation therapy to chemotherapy improves survival in patients with high-risk breast cancer

Adding radiation therapy to chemotherapy improves survival in patients with high-risk breast cancer

Potential cure for lymphoma in HIV patients

Potential cure for lymphoma in HIV patients

Elderly women with cervical cancer face double jeopardy

Elderly women with cervical cancer face double jeopardy

Timing of radiation and antiangiogenic therapy impacts treatment effectiveness

Timing of radiation and antiangiogenic therapy impacts treatment effectiveness

How radiation therapy is used to safely and effectively treat various cancers

How radiation therapy is used to safely and effectively treat various cancers

Landmark studies that may change the treatment standards for breast cancer

Landmark studies that may change the treatment standards for breast cancer

Women over the age of 60 with low-risk breast cancer may not need to receive radiation therapy after surgery

Women over the age of 60 with low-risk breast cancer may not need to receive radiation therapy after surgery

Short course of radiation therapy following lumpectomy

Short course of radiation therapy following lumpectomy

Researchers step closer to cure for common childhood cancer

Researchers step closer to cure for common childhood cancer

Single dose phase I data on CG53135 for the prevention of oral mucositis

Single dose phase I data on CG53135 for the prevention of oral mucositis

Botox may reduce the incidence of keloids, improving the appearance of scars

Botox may reduce the incidence of keloids, improving the appearance of scars

New devices for people who suffer dry mouth or lack of saliva

New devices for people who suffer dry mouth or lack of saliva

Combining radiation therapy with surgery and chemotherapy helps patients with rare forms of thyroid cancer live longer

Combining radiation therapy with surgery and chemotherapy helps patients with rare forms of thyroid cancer live longer

UT Southwestern Moncrief Cancer Center treats patients with TomoTherapy

UT Southwestern Moncrief Cancer Center treats patients with TomoTherapy

MRI technique for measuring blood volume helps distinguish between abscesses and tumors in the brain

MRI technique for measuring blood volume helps distinguish between abscesses and tumors in the brain

The Bush Medicare Prescription has changed the identity of medical oncology

The Bush Medicare Prescription has changed the identity of medical oncology

Alimta approved as first treatment for Mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by asbestos

Alimta approved as first treatment for Mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by asbestos

Higher radiation doses helps patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer live longer

Higher radiation doses helps patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer live longer

New help to explain treatments for colorectal cancer

New help to explain treatments for colorectal cancer

Study suggests that some survivors have a genetic tendency to developing breast cancer as young women

Study suggests that some survivors have a genetic tendency to developing breast cancer as young women