When cancer is detected, 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, immunotherapy, hormonal therapy,
and sometimes complementary therapies. They may also involve a combination
of these approaches.
The members of the radiation team will work with your physicians and other
health care providers in a multidisciplinary approach to provide you with
Radiation therapy is one of the most effective ways to combat certain
types of cancer. It works by focusing a beam of ionizing radiation or
implanting radioactive sources in the area of tumor growth. The surrounding
normal tissue is spared so that only a specific area is treated. This
therapy can be used alone or in combination with other treatments, such
as surgery, chemotherapy, or immunotherapy.
In other cases, radiation therapy is employed as a supportive measure
to reduce pain, pressure, or bleeding. Numerous benign tumors or growths
are also treated with radiation therapy.
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