9 Things to Know About Radiation Therapy
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Attacking Cancer With Radiation

Radiation therapy uses high-energy waves or particles to treat cancer and some noncancerous (benign) conditions. Radiation therapy is typically a local cancer treatment. This means it treats cancer in a specific area and doesn’t go throughout your entire body. Radiation therapy can sometimes be a systemic treatment (throughout your body) in the form of radioactive drugs or radiopharmaceuticals. Learn the details of radiation therapy, including when and how it’s used and what to expect.

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  1. Radiation Therapy for Cancer. National Cancer Institute. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Therapy/radiation.
  2. Understanding Radiation Therapy. American Cancer Society. http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/treatmenttypes/radiation/understandingradia....
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