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Understanding Radiation Therapy

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    • Radiation therapy, sometimes called radiotherapy, is the careful use of radiation to treat cancer safely and effectively.
    • Cancer doctors called radiation oncologists use radiation therapy to cure cancer, control cancer growth, or relieve symptoms such as pain or bleeding.
    • Radiation therapy works within cancer cells by damaging their ability to multiply. When these cells die, the body naturally eliminates them.
    • Healthy cells are also affected by radiation, but they can repair themselves in ways cancer cells cannot.
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