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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.
Growing use of immunotherapy linked to increase in Medicare spending for outpatient terminal cancer care

Growing use of immunotherapy linked to increase in Medicare spending for outpatient terminal cancer care

Viable treatment option for patients with advanced cervical cancer

Viable treatment option for patients with advanced cervical cancer

First phase I trial of intravenous mistletoe extract to treat advanced cancer

First phase I trial of intravenous mistletoe extract to treat advanced cancer

Proposal to scrap England’s long term plan for cancer could cost lives, experts warn

Proposal to scrap England’s long term plan for cancer could cost lives, experts warn

CHLA researchers receive funding to support studies into diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma

CHLA researchers receive funding to support studies into diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma

Enhanced prediction of prostate cancer recurrence using machine learning model

Enhanced prediction of prostate cancer recurrence using machine learning model

Case Western Reserve wins $3.03 million grant to advance novel MRI and software technology for brain tumor diagnosis

Case Western Reserve wins $3.03 million grant to advance novel MRI and software technology for brain tumor diagnosis

Pembrolizumab in combination with chemotherapy improves progression free survival for women with advanced or recurrent endometrial cancer

Pembrolizumab in combination with chemotherapy improves progression free survival for women with advanced or recurrent endometrial cancer

New nanotechnology-based test can detect and profile prostate cancers even in microscopic amounts

New nanotechnology-based test can detect and profile prostate cancers even in microscopic amounts

Study demonstrates an age cutoff heuristic in oncology

Study demonstrates an age cutoff heuristic in oncology

Cancer treatments may impair heart function or cause long-term cardiac damage

Cancer treatments may impair heart function or cause long-term cardiac damage

UK oncologists and cardiologists collaborate to prevent chemo-induced cardiomyopathy in cancer patients

UK oncologists and cardiologists collaborate to prevent chemo-induced cardiomyopathy in cancer patients

Researchers receive $3.3 million NIH grant to study spectroscopic MRI for glioblastoma detection

Researchers receive $3.3 million NIH grant to study spectroscopic MRI for glioblastoma detection

Researchers discover the gene responsible for radiation resistance in mutant IDH1 glioma

Researchers discover the gene responsible for radiation resistance in mutant IDH1 glioma

RUSH aims to deliver top-quality care with plans for new cancer treatment center in Lisle

RUSH aims to deliver top-quality care with plans for new cancer treatment center in Lisle

PSMA PET/MRI can successfully determine the risk of prostate cancer recurrence

PSMA PET/MRI can successfully determine the risk of prostate cancer recurrence

Precise 3D imaging can help measure radiation during cancer treatment

Precise 3D imaging can help measure radiation during cancer treatment

Phenotypic plasticity may allow cancer cells to evade standard therapy

Phenotypic plasticity may allow cancer cells to evade standard therapy

Imaging method yields highly accurate and precise values of radionuclide organ uptake

Imaging method yields highly accurate and precise values of radionuclide organ uptake

Study may allow patients with multiple breast lesions to consider breast-conserving therapy as treatment option

Study may allow patients with multiple breast lesions to consider breast-conserving therapy as treatment option