What is Radiation Therapy?

What is Radiation Therapy? 

Millions of Americans facing cancer have been successfully treated with radiation therapy, a highly effective treatment that works by attacking the DNA in cancer cells so that they cannot repair themselves or reproduce.

Radiation has been used as a trusted, non-invasive treatment for cancer for more than 100 years. New and improved technologies are aiding in today’s fight against cancer by allowing physicians to deliver more targeted radiation to treat cancer, control its spread, and relieve pain and other symptoms. Investments in cancer research and breakthroughs in radiation therapy are also improving cancer survival rates:  With new technologies, cancer cells are killed more efficiently with fewer side effects to patients.

Though their uses are very different, radiation therapy is often confused with diagnostic radiology. While diagnostic radiation is used to view inside the body in order to diagnose conditions or monitor cancer’s spread, radiation therapy delivers a targeted dose of radiation to kill tumors and treat cancer.

Radiation Therapy Alliance is committed to innovation advances to achieve the next generation of low dose, state-of-the-art technology.