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What is 3-D conformal radiation therapy?

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3-D conformal radiation therapy uses CT-based treatment (CT is short for computed tomography, which uses X-rays to make detailed pictures inside your body) combined with three-dimensional pictures of a prostate tumor. Radiation is aimed at the prostate gland from many directions. This minimizes the damage to normal tissue and allows your radiation doses to go right where you need them. So far, it has worked well for localized tumors, like prostate cancer limited to the prostate gland.

From: Prostate Cancer: Radiation Therapy WebMD Medical Reference

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American Cancer Society.

American Urological Association.

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Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 22, 2017

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American Cancer Society.

American Urological Association.

FDA.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 22, 2017

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