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About Radiation Therapy

What is Radiation Therapy?

Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, is the use of various forms of radiation to safely and eff ectively treat cancer and other diseases. Radiation therapy works by damaging the genetic material within cancer cells. Once this happens, the cancer cells are not able to grow and spread. When these damaged cancer cells die, the body naturally removes them. normal cells are also aff ected by radiation, but they are able to repair themselves in a way that cancer cells cannot. Your radiation oncologist will develop a plan to deliver the radiation to the tumor area, shielding as much surrounding normal tissue as possible. Your radiation oncologist may recommend using radiation therapy in a number of different ways.


Radiation Oncology

This 2 minute video gives a brief introduction to radiation oncology and explains how it can be such a crucial part of cancer therapy. Close to 60% of cancer patients will recieve radiation therapy at some point during the treatment of their illness.

 


Targeting Cancer, www.targetingcancer.com.au, created the following video for World Cancer Day. This short film, called Targets, showcases radiation therapy as a safe, effective and sophisticated treatment for patients with cancer.

 


Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

This nine and a half minute video gives a general overview of radiation therapy as used for breast cancer and walks a patient visually through the simulation and treatment process with explanations of everything involved. Patients are given the opportunity to see what the equipment looks like and to be introduced to the members of the health care team treating them.

 


Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer

This nine minute video gives a general overview of radiation therapy as used for lung cancer and walks a patient visually through the simulation and treatment process with explanations of everything involved. Patients are given the opportunity to see what the equipment looks like and to be introduced to the members of the health care team treating them.

 


Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer

This nine-minute video provides an overview of radiation therapy for prostate cancer including external beam and brachytherapy, and walks a patient visually through the simulation and treatment process. Patients have the opportunity to see what the equipment looks like and are introduced to the members of the health care team who will be treating them.

 


An Introduction to Radiation Therapy

This 17 minute video is meant to educate patients on external beam radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer. This video is available for ASTRO members to show to patients to help alleviate some of the fear of undergoing radiation therapy for treatment of their disease.

 


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