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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.
Study demonstrates feasibility of giving entire course of radiation in less than a second

Study demonstrates feasibility of giving entire course of radiation in less than a second

Step counters could play role in predicting lung cancer treatment outcomes

Step counters could play role in predicting lung cancer treatment outcomes

Researchers capture light emission from the eye of a patient undergoing radiotherapy

Researchers capture light emission from the eye of a patient undergoing radiotherapy

Researchers study new immunogenic properties of already existing anti-cancer drugs

Researchers study new immunogenic properties of already existing anti-cancer drugs

Mount Sinai awarded more than $10 million in federal funding for research on glioblastoma

Mount Sinai awarded more than $10 million in federal funding for research on glioblastoma

Proton therapy has similar cure rates, fewer serious side effects compared with traditional radiation

Proton therapy has similar cure rates, fewer serious side effects compared with traditional radiation

Proton therapy reduces the relative risk of side effects for cancer patients

Proton therapy reduces the relative risk of side effects for cancer patients

Obesity linked to increased risk of cardiotoxicity in chemotherapy-treated patients with breast cancer

Obesity linked to increased risk of cardiotoxicity in chemotherapy-treated patients with breast cancer

Immunosupressant combination therapy for glioblastoma shows promise

Immunosupressant combination therapy for glioblastoma shows promise

National veteran dataset will help dissect the relationship between mental illness and prostate cancer

National veteran dataset will help dissect the relationship between mental illness and prostate cancer

Radiation-induced brain damage: new study reveals the mechanism

Radiation-induced brain damage: new study reveals the mechanism

Study: Chemoradiation regimen for Stage III NSCLC is better than two tested alternatives

Study: Chemoradiation regimen for Stage III NSCLC is better than two tested alternatives

Immunotherapy: A promising new alternative to cancer therapies

Immunotherapy: A promising new alternative to cancer therapies

New method of feeding tube insertion may offer improved patient safety, cost savings

New method of feeding tube insertion may offer improved patient safety, cost savings

Detection of mouth, throat cancer through saliva testing could become reality

Detection of mouth, throat cancer through saliva testing could become reality

Breast-conserving treatment without surgery cannot be recommended at this time

Breast-conserving treatment without surgery cannot be recommended at this time

New technique may lead to earlier and easier detection of mouth and throat cancer

New technique may lead to earlier and easier detection of mouth and throat cancer

10-year results from clinical trial of extended letrozole therapy for women with HR+ breast cancer

10-year results from clinical trial of extended letrozole therapy for women with HR+ breast cancer

Radiation therapy alone found to be cost-effective for treatment of DCIS

Radiation therapy alone found to be cost-effective for treatment of DCIS

Common antibiotic appears to boost the effect of radiation on tumor cells

Common antibiotic appears to boost the effect of radiation on tumor cells