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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 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

Adding venetoclax to transplant conditioning regimen shows promise in patients with myeloid cancers

Adding venetoclax to transplant conditioning regimen shows promise in patients with myeloid cancers

Cancer patients report less dry mouth after receiving acupuncture treatment

Cancer patients report less dry mouth after receiving acupuncture treatment

Newer safer way to effectively treat deadly brain cancer

Newer safer way to effectively treat deadly brain cancer

Study reveals effectiveness of single-dose radiotherapy for cancer in the spine

Study reveals effectiveness of single-dose radiotherapy for cancer in the spine

MRI-guided ultrasound ablation: safer better treatment for prostate cancer

MRI-guided ultrasound ablation: safer better treatment for prostate cancer

Immunotherapy after CRT is safe in curative treatment of women with node-positive cervical cancer

Immunotherapy after CRT is safe in curative treatment of women with node-positive cervical cancer

Alzheimer's may soon be treated with low dose radiation therapy

Alzheimer's may soon be treated with low dose radiation therapy

Tandem radiation therapy effective in prostate cancer patients with no treatment options

Tandem radiation therapy effective in prostate cancer patients with no treatment options

Women treated for early-stage breast cancer may develop invasive breast cancer

Women treated for early-stage breast cancer may develop invasive breast cancer

Breast-conserving treatment may be a viable alternative to mastectomy, study suggests

Breast-conserving treatment may be a viable alternative to mastectomy, study suggests

Nationwide survey highlights patients’ perspectives about cancer treatment experiences

Nationwide survey highlights patients’ perspectives about cancer treatment experiences

Cell factors decide if a cancer grows or dies, says new study

Cell factors decide if a cancer grows or dies, says new study

Mayo Clinic, Hitachi to build North America's first carbon ion treatment facility

Mayo Clinic, Hitachi to build North America's first carbon ion treatment facility

Lithium corrects radiation damage to brain in young cancer patients

Lithium corrects radiation damage to brain in young cancer patients

Inhaled nanoparticles can help treat lung cancer

Inhaled nanoparticles can help treat lung cancer

Scientists find driver for more deadly prostate cancer

Scientists find driver for more deadly prostate cancer