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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.
New potential target for treating metastasized oral malignant melanoma in dogs

New potential target for treating metastasized oral malignant melanoma in dogs

Henry Ford receives $250,000 grant to reduce prostate cancer disparities among Black men

Henry Ford receives $250,000 grant to reduce prostate cancer disparities among Black men

Study uncovers role for STING in regulating tumor response to DNA-damaging treatments

Study uncovers role for STING in regulating tumor response to DNA-damaging treatments

Building world’s first prototype to track moving tumors with real-time MRI during proton therapy

Building world’s first prototype to track moving tumors with real-time MRI during proton therapy

New recipients for the 2021 NCCN Foundation Young Investigator Awards announced

New recipients for the 2021 NCCN Foundation Young Investigator Awards announced

Study analyzes trends in age at natural menopause and reproductive life span among US women

Study analyzes trends in age at natural menopause and reproductive life span among US women

New wireless implant can help measure oxygen levels deep inside the body

New wireless implant can help measure oxygen levels deep inside the body

Brachytherapy may proceed safely in cervical cancer patients following uterine perforation

Brachytherapy may proceed safely in cervical cancer patients following uterine perforation

Phase 3 clinical trial tests new treatment for brain metastases from small-cell lung cancer

Phase 3 clinical trial tests new treatment for brain metastases from small-cell lung cancer

Giving chemotherapy in the morning can extend survival of glioblastoma patients

Giving chemotherapy in the morning can extend survival of glioblastoma patients

Fat grafting shows potential to help cancer patients with radiation-induced skin injury

Fat grafting shows potential to help cancer patients with radiation-induced skin injury

Survey: COVID-19 pandemic has led to more advanced-stage cancer diagnoses

Survey: COVID-19 pandemic has led to more advanced-stage cancer diagnoses

Long-term, regular use of baby aspirin may reduce risk of colorectal cancer death

Long-term, regular use of baby aspirin may reduce risk of colorectal cancer death

New imaging technique can better identify the presence of residual cancers in rectal tissues

New imaging technique can better identify the presence of residual cancers in rectal tissues

Novel gene therapy reprograms glioma cells into functional neurons

Novel gene therapy reprograms glioma cells into functional neurons

Scientists use clinical data to study the molecular groups of atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor

Scientists use clinical data to study the molecular groups of atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor

UAB researchers find potential new pathway to treating radiation-resistant glioblastoma

UAB researchers find potential new pathway to treating radiation-resistant glioblastoma

Researchers establish organoid culture models from prostate tumor biopsies

Researchers establish organoid culture models from prostate tumor biopsies

New inhibitor makes drug-resistant tumor cells respond again to chemotherapy

New inhibitor makes drug-resistant tumor cells respond again to chemotherapy

New proton therapy targets treatment-resistant cancer cells

New proton therapy targets treatment-resistant cancer cells