Radiation oncology therapy uses high-powered x-rays, particles, or radioactive seeds to kill cancer cells.
Cancer cells multiply faster than normal cells in the body. Because radiation is most harmful to quickly growing cells, radiation therapy damages cancer cells more than normal cells. This prevents the cancer cells from growing and dividing and leads to cell death.
Radiation therapy is used to fight many types of cancer. Sometimes, radiation is the only treatment needed. It may also be used in combination with other therapies such as surgery or chemotherapy to:
- Shrink a tumor as much as possible before surgery
- Help prevent cancer from coming back after surgery or chemotherapy
- Relieve symptoms caused by a tumor, such as pain, pressure, or bleeding
- Treat cancers that cannot be removed with surgery
Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center utilizes state-of-the-art radiation therapy technology coupled with individualized and compassionate care close to home.
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