- Radiation Therapy Principles
- How does radiation work to treat cancer?
- Types of radiation used to treat cancer
- Goals of radiation therapy
- Who gives radiation treatments?
- How is radiation given?
- External beam radiation
- Internal radiation therapy (brachytherapy)
- Safety for the patient and family
- Possible side effects of radiation therapy
- Side effects of radiation to specific areas
- Second cancers
- Other general health concerns
- What’s new in radiation therapy?
- To learn more
Radiation Therapy Principles
Radiation and radioactivity were discovered more than 100 years ago. Since then advances in technology and a better understanding of its effects on the body have made radiation therapy an important part of cancer treatment. In fact, more than half of all people with cancer will get radiation as at least part of their cancer treatment.
Here we will help you understand what radiation therapy is, how it’s used to treat cancer, and what some of the common side effects are. For more detailed information on the possible side effects of radiation and how to deal with them, please see our document called Understanding Radiation Therapy: A Guide for Patients and Families.
Last Medical Review: 09/07/2012
Last Revised: 12/18/2012