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What is radiation therapy for kidney cancer?

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Radiation therapy is often used to help with symptoms of kidney cancer or in patients who cannot have surgery. It uses high-energy X-rays or other types of radiation to kill cancer cells or halt their growth. External radiation therapy sends radiation to the cancer from a machine outside the body.

From: Understanding Kidney Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Cancer Society: "Kidney Cancer (Adult) Renal Cell Carcinoma." National Cancer Institute: "What You Need To Know About Kidney Cancer," "General Information About Renal Cell Cancer." American Urological Association: "Kidney Cancer." Society of Interventional Radiologists: "Interventional Radiology Treatments for Kidney Cancer."



Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

SOURCES: American Cancer Society: "Kidney Cancer (Adult) Renal Cell Carcinoma." National Cancer Institute: "What You Need To Know About Kidney Cancer," "General Information About Renal Cell Cancer." American Urological Association: "Kidney Cancer." Society of Interventional Radiologists: "Interventional Radiology Treatments for Kidney Cancer."



Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

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