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How does radiation therapy treat cancer?

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Radiation therapy treats cancer by using high-energy waves to kill tumor cells. The goal is to destroy or damage the cancer without hurting too many healthy cells.

SOURCES:

Cancer.net: "Side Effects of Radiation Therapy."

American Cancer Society: "Radiation Therapy Effects," “A Guide to Radiation Therapy.”

American Brain Tumor Association: "Help With Side Effects - Radiation Therapy."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Cancer.net: "Side Effects of Radiation Therapy."

American Cancer Society: "Radiation Therapy Effects," “A Guide to Radiation Therapy.”

American Brain Tumor Association: "Help With Side Effects - Radiation Therapy."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 14, 2018

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