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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.
Magnetic resonance imaging better than traditional mammography for detecting the presence of breast cancer

Magnetic resonance imaging better than traditional mammography for detecting the presence of breast cancer

New shaped-beam radiation delivery system provides patients with targeted cancer treatment

New shaped-beam radiation delivery system provides patients with targeted cancer treatment

Early hormone therapy for metastatic prostate cancer increases life expectancy

Early hormone therapy for metastatic prostate cancer increases life expectancy

Non-aspirin pain drugs may help men with recurrent prostate cancer

Non-aspirin pain drugs may help men with recurrent prostate cancer

New blood test may help detect breast cancer

New blood test may help detect breast cancer

New technology gives neurosurgeons real-time images in the operating room

New technology gives neurosurgeons real-time images in the operating room

Radiation therapy after surgery for men with prostate cancer lessens the chance of the cancer returning

Radiation therapy after surgery for men with prostate cancer lessens the chance of the cancer returning

Men with low prostate specific antigen levels on screening tests can still have prostate cancer

Men with low prostate specific antigen levels on screening tests can still have prostate cancer

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