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Cancer Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy (or cancer radiation treatment) uses high powered x-rays or radioactive seeds to kill cancer cells.

Radiation therapy injures or destroys cells in the area being treated (the `target tissue`) by damaging their genetic material, making it impossible for these cells to continue to grow and divide. Although radiation damages both cancer cells and normal cells, most normal cells can recover from the effects of radiation and function properly. The goal of radiation therapy is to damage as many cancer cells as possible, while limiting harm to nearby healthy tissue.

Radiation therapy (also known as radiotherapy, radiation oncology, x-ray therapy, or irradiation) is used to fight many types of cancer. It is often used to shrink a tumor as much as possible before surgery. Radiation can also be given after surgery to prevent the cancer from coming back.

For certain types of cancer, radiation is the only treatment needed. Radiation treatment may also be used to provide temporary relief of symptoms, or to treat malignancies (cancers) that cannot be removed with surgery.

Radiation therapy may be used to treat almost every type of solid tumor. About half of all cancer patients receive some type of radiation therapy. Radiation therapy may be used alone or in combination with other cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy or surgery. In some cases, a patient may receive more than one type of radiation therapy.

Forms of radiation therapy

  • External: External beam radiation is the most common form. This method carefully aims high powered x-rays directly at the tumor from outside of the body.
  • Internal: Internal beam radiation uses radioactive seeds that are placed directly into or near the tumor. Internal beam radiation is also called interstitial radiation or brachytherapy.

Cancer radiation treatment overseas

Apart from the United States, cancer radiation treatment using advanced technology is also performed abroad in countries such as Turkey, India, Singapore, Mexico, etc. The advantage of cancer treatment abroad is lower cost of treatment for same high quality care as offered in the US.

Contact Healthbase to connect to cancer centers overseas or in the US that offer the cancer radiation treatment you need.

Cancer centers overseas use specialized state-of-the-art technologies such as CyberKnife and gamma knife radiosurgery in the treatment of several types of cancers including:

  • Brain cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Larynx cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Spine cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Uterus cancer
  • Soft tissue sarcomas
  • Blood cancer like leukemia
  • Cancer of the lymphatic system like lymphoma

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