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Radiation Therapy

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Last Updated: 21 April 2022

Radiation therapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses light beams of intense energy to eliminate cancer cells. Radiation therapy uses ionizing radiation to diminish or eliminate tumors. Throughout radiation therapy radiation beams target tumors but can additionally damage healthy cells. Radiation therapy does not make the patient getting the therapy contaminated. There are various types of radiation therapy that can be used to deal with tumors. Some examples of radiation therapy include: Three-dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy: 3D-CRT is a type of radiation cancer therapy that uses special computer systems to get an exact photo of the size, form and location of the tumor. The type of radiation therapy you receive depends on many factors, including: The type of cancer; The dimension of the cancer; The cancer's location in the body; How close the cancer is to normal tissues that are delicate to radiation; How far into the body the radiation requires to travel; Your basic health and wellness and case history; Whether you will have other types of cancer treatment; Other variables, such as your age and other clinical problems. The term "radiation therapy" most usually refers to outside beam radiation therapy. During a various type of radiation therapy called brachytherapy, radiation is put inside your body.

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