Radiation therapy is the use of X-rays to destroy cancer cells and
shrink tumors. Radiation damages the genetic material of cells in the area
being treated, leaving the cells unable to continue to grow. Although radiation
damages normal cells as well as cancer cells, the normal cells can repair
themselves. The cancer cells cannot.
Radiation is also used to control pain by destroying a growing
tumor that is invading or interfering with normal tissue, such as when a tumor
presses on bones, nerves, or other organs. This may be done with radiation to part of the body or, in rare cases, with radiation to the whole body. Or you may be given a shot with a radioactive medicine.
What is Cannabis?Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a plant from Central Asia that is grown in many parts of the world today. In the United States, it is a controlled substance and has been classified as a Schedule I agent (a drug with increased potential for abuse and no known medical use). By federal law, possessing Cannabis (marijuana), is illegal in the United States. What are cannabinoids?Cannabinoids are active chemicals in Cannabis that cause drug-like effects throughout the body, including...