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Radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy, x-ray therapy, or irradiation) is the use of a certain type of energy (called ionizing radiation) to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation therapy injures or destroys cells in the area being treated (the “target tissue”) by damaging their genetic material, making it impossible for these cells to continue to grow and divide. Although radiation damages both cancer cells and normal cells, most normal cells can recover from the effects of radiation and function properly. The goal of radiation therapy is to damage as many cancer cells as possible, while limiting harm to nearby healthy tissue.
Nanomaterials offer a rich avenue to achieve broad-spectrum bioactivities

Nanomaterials offer a rich avenue to achieve broad-spectrum bioactivities

Spaceflight increases the risk of developing cancer and heart disease

Spaceflight increases the risk of developing cancer and heart disease

Researchers devise a new treatment approach to cure aggressive brain tumors

Researchers devise a new treatment approach to cure aggressive brain tumors

Scientists discover a special cell in salivary glands that is likely crucial for oral health

Scientists discover a special cell in salivary glands that is likely crucial for oral health

Novel method can report specific immune cell types using only DNA from blood

Novel method can report specific immune cell types using only DNA from blood

Genetic biomarker test could help personalize therapy for men with high-risk prostate cancer

Genetic biomarker test could help personalize therapy for men with high-risk prostate cancer

Radiation therapy can reprogram heart muscle cells to a younger state, suggests study

Radiation therapy can reprogram heart muscle cells to a younger state, suggests study

New research focuses on possible treatment options for childhood brain cancer

New research focuses on possible treatment options for childhood brain cancer

New substance could improve the treatment of drug-resistant cancers

New substance could improve the treatment of drug-resistant cancers

Genomic test helps identify prostate cancer patients who may benefit from hormone therapy

Genomic test helps identify prostate cancer patients who may benefit from hormone therapy

Microbe found in the colon may promote breast cancers

Microbe found in the colon may promote breast cancers

Repair proteins can help healthy cells to avoid damage during cancer therapy

Repair proteins can help healthy cells to avoid damage during cancer therapy

Study: Gut microbiota directly shapes the makeup of human immune system

Study: Gut microbiota directly shapes the makeup of human immune system

Cell survival protein could protect the kidneys from 'bystander' damage during cancer therapy

Cell survival protein could protect the kidneys from 'bystander' damage during cancer therapy

Gut microbes mitigate radiation exposure, repair GI tract

Gut microbes mitigate radiation exposure, repair GI tract

Researchers identify a valuable source for treating pediatric cancer

Researchers identify a valuable source for treating pediatric cancer

Researchers identify drug that could overcome tumor resistance

Researchers identify drug that could overcome tumor resistance

Genetic test identifies patients with invasive lobular carcinoma at high risk of recurrence

Genetic test identifies patients with invasive lobular carcinoma at high risk of recurrence

Researchers identify key molecules that contribute to radioresistance in glioblastoma

Researchers identify key molecules that contribute to radioresistance in glioblastoma

Scientists identify key genes that influence cancer treatment success

Scientists identify key genes that influence cancer treatment success