Radiation therapy is one of the many tools used to combat cancers. Radiation treatments utilize high-energy waves such as x-rays to kill cancer cells. Radiation can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments (e.g. chemotherapy and surgery) to cure or stabilize cancer.
Like other therapies, the choice to use radiation to treat a particular cancer depends on a wide range of factors. These include, but are not limited to, the type of cancer, the physical state of the patient, the stage of the cancer, and the location of the tumor.
Click on the graphic below to watch the radiation therapy documentary.
CancerQuest, in association with The American Cancer Society, has created a documentary about radiation therapy. In this multi-part interactive video, doctors describe what radiation therapy is and how it works, while patients treated with radiation therapy discuss how it impacted them.
Watch the video then read the following pages for more information.
The following pages provide information on various aspects of radiation therapy: