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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.
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

Researchers add a component to make cancer vaccine more effective

Researchers add a component to make cancer vaccine more effective

Gene targeting could lead to better treatment of glioblastoma tumors

Gene targeting could lead to better treatment of glioblastoma tumors

DNA repair tool is tailored to deal with specific type of complex break, study shows

DNA repair tool is tailored to deal with specific type of complex break, study shows

Researchers unlock a weakness in common type of cancer cells

Researchers unlock a weakness in common type of cancer cells

Treating solid cancers using the formation of natural killer-tumor cell immunological synapse

Treating solid cancers using the formation of natural killer-tumor cell immunological synapse