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What is radiotherapy treatment for cancer?

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Radiotherapy is treatment that uses radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. It is also called “radiation therapy.” You might get it from outside the body through special machines, or your doctor might put a tiny radioactive implant inside the part of your body where the cancer is (brachytherapy).

From: Basic Cancer Terms You Need to Know WebMD Medical Reference

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National Cancer Institute: “NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Cancer Terms: Cancer Basics,” “Biopsy,” “Stages of Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Cancer Glossary.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 01, 2017

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Cancer Terms: Cancer Basics,” “Biopsy,” “Stages of Cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Cancer Glossary.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 01, 2017

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