Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells by damaging their DNA.
Radiation therapy can damage normal cells as well as cancer cells. Therefore, treatment must be carefully planned to minimize side effects.
The radiation used for cancer treatment may come from a machine outside the body, or it may come from radioactive material placed in the body near tumor cells or injected into the bloodstream.
A patient may receive radiation therapy before, during, or after surgery, depending on the type of cancer being treated.
Some patients receive radiation therapy alone, and some receive radiation therapy in combination with chemotherapy.
As of July 2, 2012, radiation oncology services at UAMS will be provided exclusively by the new UAMS Radiation Oncology Center.
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