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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.
Researchers show gossypol – a drug refined from cottonseed oil is a cancer treatment booster

Researchers show gossypol – a drug refined from cottonseed oil is a cancer treatment booster

Data suggests potential role of Quadramet in conjunction with chemotherapy for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia

Data suggests potential role of Quadramet in conjunction with chemotherapy for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia

Less radiation in a more tailored manner best for uterine cancer

Less radiation in a more tailored manner best for uterine cancer

Study reveals what may be the earliest step in the development of prostate cancer

Study reveals what may be the earliest step in the development of prostate cancer

MGI PHARMA acquires Aesgen for $32 million

MGI PHARMA acquires Aesgen for $32 million

Surgery plus radiation therapy an effective way to treat early breast cancer in women aged 70 and older

Surgery plus radiation therapy an effective way to treat early breast cancer in women aged 70 and older

Combination therapies improve prostate cancer survival rates

Combination therapies improve prostate cancer survival rates

Immunotherapy and chemotherapy combined, slows tumor progression and extends survival of patients with glioblastoma multiforme

Immunotherapy and chemotherapy combined, slows tumor progression and extends survival of patients with glioblastoma multiforme

New treatment strategy for brain cancer

New treatment strategy for brain cancer

Aggressive treatment for nasopharyngeal cancer shown to be more effective

Aggressive treatment for nasopharyngeal cancer shown to be more effective

Knowledge about oral and head and neck cancer is severely lacking in the American public

Knowledge about oral and head and neck cancer is severely lacking in the American public

Physicians offer several promising and unique approaches to brain tumor treatment

Physicians offer several promising and unique approaches to brain tumor treatment

Moderate exercise helps beat fatigue from prostate radiation

Moderate exercise helps beat fatigue from prostate radiation

ASTRO and ACS join to promote cancer survivorship

ASTRO and ACS join to promote cancer survivorship

Research to develop ways to inhibit head and neck cancers, the fifth most common cancer worldwide

Research to develop ways to inhibit head and neck cancers, the fifth most common cancer worldwide

Tool that enables women with breast cancer to choose their own course of treatment

Tool that enables women with breast cancer to choose their own course of treatment

Combination of hormonal therapy, radioactive seed implant and external beam radiation therapy increases chance of cancer cure

Combination of hormonal therapy, radioactive seed implant and external beam radiation therapy increases chance of cancer cure

Light-sensitive probe to help doctors spot breast cancer

Light-sensitive probe to help doctors spot breast cancer

Bladder-sparing treatment shows promise against cancer

Bladder-sparing treatment shows promise against cancer

Today's prostate cancer treatments are more aggressive and successful

Today's prostate cancer treatments are more aggressive and successful