radiation therapy


Definition of radiation therapy

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Recent Examples on the Web The team’s target devices, like medical X-rays and radiation therapy, operate in this range and stand to benefit a great deal from much smaller, much cheaper accelerators. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Just the Tiniest Particle Accelerator You'll Ever See," 6 Jan. 2020 And in some cases, radiation therapy (a treatment that uses high-energy X-rays or other forms of radiation to kill cancer cells) is used, the NCI says. Korin Miller, Health.com, "What is Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia? Cancer Doctors Explain the Symptoms and Treatment Options," 13 Dec. 2019 The process results in high-energy beams that combine the best of traditional x-rays and radiation therapy with the cancer-fighting potential of light. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Photon-Boosted Lasers Could Carve Out Cancer Like a Scalpel," 3 Dec. 2019 His research has focused on radiation therapy and the treatment of carcinoma and lung cancer. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Radiation oncologist tapped for top FDA post," 1 Nov. 2019 The tumor may initially look similar to a bruise or a scar, and treatment for the mass usually consists of surgical removal or radiation therapy for anything the operation couldn’t remove. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Washington Redskins' Trent Williams Claims Team Doctors Misdiagnosed His Rare Cancer for 6 Years," 1 Nov. 2019 Factors such as older age, dense breasts, genetic mutations, previous treatment using radiation therapy, and a family history of breast cancer may increase your risk of getting breast cancer, according to the CDC. Elizabeth Wolfe And Brian Ries, CNN, "Breast Cancer Awareness Month: 3 ways to prevent and detect the deadly disease," 2 Oct. 2019 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg completed a three-week course of radiation therapy to treat a tumor on her pancreas, according to a release sent by the Supreme Court on Friday. CBS News, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg completes radiation therapy for tumor on pancreas," 23 Aug. 2019 Animals with hyperthyroidism can be treated with medication, radiation therapy or surgery to remove the enlarged glands. oregonlive.com, "Could your furniture be causing your cat to develop thyroid disease?," 13 Aug. 2019

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jan 2020

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“Radiation therapy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radiation%20therapy. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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