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What is Radiation Therapy

What is Radiation Therapy?

Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, is the use of various forms of radiation to safely and effectively 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 affected 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 two-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 percent of cancer patients will receive radiation therapy at some point during the treatment of their illness.

Targeting Cancer

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.