What is Radiation Therapy?
In radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy), high-energy
rays are used to damage cancer cells and stop them from growing and dividing.
A specialist in radiation therapy is called a radiation oncologist.
What are the
Types of Radiation Therapy?
Like surgery, radiation therapy is a local treatment; it
affects cancer cells only in the treated area. Radiation can come from a
machine (external radiation). It can also come from an implant (a small
container of radioactive material) placed directly into or near the tumor
(internal radiation). Some patients receive both kinds of radiation therapy.
External radiation therapy is usually given on an outpatient
basis in a hospital or clinic 5 days a week for several weeks. Patients are
not radioactive during or after the treatment.
For internal radiation therapy, the patient stays in the
hospital for a few days. The implant may be temporary or permanent. Because
the level of radiation is highest during the hospital stay, patients may not
be able to have visitors or may have visitors only for a short time. Once an
implant is removed, there is no radioactivity in the body. The amount of
radiation in a permanent implant goes down to a safe level before the patient
leaves the hospital.
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