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What is Radiation Therapy?


When cancer is diagnosed it may be treated in a variety of ways, depending on the nature and complexity of the illness.  These treatments may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, biotherapy and complementary therapies.  They may also involve a combination of these approaches. 

Radiation therapy is one of the most effective ways to combat certain types of cancer.  The goal of radiation therapy is to deliver a high enough dose of radiation into the tumor to kill cancer cells while sparing the surrounding normal tissue from damage.  There are several different techniques available to achieve this aim including external beam radiation therapy (focusing a beam of ionizing radiation) or brachytherapy (implanting radioactive sources in the area of tumor growth) among others.  Depending on the location, size and type of your tumor or tumors, one or a combination of these techniques may be recommended. In some cases, radiation therapy is employed as a supportive measure to reduce pain, pressure or bleeding. Numerous benign tumors or growths may also be treated with radiation therapy.

The members of the radiation oncology team will work with your physicians and other health care providers in a multidisciplinary approach to provide you with first-rate treatment.

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