What is Radiation Treatment?
What is Radiation Treatment?    

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 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.

About half of all cancer patients receive some type of Radiation Therapy. Radiation Therapy may be used alone or in combination with other cancer treatments, such as Chemotherapy or surgery. In some cases, a patient may receive more than one type of Radiation Therapy.

Radiation Therapy may be used to treat almost every type of solid tumor. Radiation can also be used to treat Leukemia and Lymphoma. Radiation dose to each site depends on a number of factors, including the type of cancer and whether there are tissues and organs nearby that may be damaged by Radiation.

Radiation Therapy also can be given to help reduce symptoms such as pain from cancer that has spread to the bones or other parts of the body. This is called Palliative Radiation Therapy






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