radiation therapy

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With proton radiation therapy, the width and depth of the beam can be targeted more precisely to ensure maximum exposure to the tumor with minimal damage to healthy tissue. The Seattle Times, "Proton beams destroy brain tumors and give kids a chance," 13 Sep. 2018 Your treatment plan may involve chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, and a bone marrow transplant, the Mayo Clinic explains. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "WWE Star Roman Reigns Reveals Leukemia Diagnosis: 'I Will Beat This and I Will Be Back'," 23 Oct. 2018 Within two years, the pancreatic cancer was back, requiring further chemotherapy and then two courses of radiation therapy. Pamela Munster, WSJ, "My Father’s Fight Against the Breast-Cancer Gene," 28 Sep. 2018 Then came 30 days of radiation therapy followed by another surgery to implant two metal plates, 36 screws and part of another hip. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville golfer and caddie team up for Kentucky's PGA tournament," 12 July 2018 For example, the hospital recently introduced state-of-the-art radiation therapy services and new, noninvasive PET/CT scans to its cancer institute. Kim Wangler, Indianapolis Star, "At Witham, top-tier care comes with the comfort of community," 11 June 2018 The study reported a 30 percent overall reduction in patients choosing surgery or radiation therapy; this is on top of the recent trends showing even more men are accepting active surveilance as the primary treatment for their prostate cancer. Steven Petrow, Washington Post, "Watching but not treating cancer can be hard. Sometimes it’s the right approach.," 20 May 2018 The most effective treatments typically consist of chemotherapy or radiation therapy, which cull fast-growing cancerous cells from the body. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Artificial Ovaries Could Expand Fertility Options For Chemo Patients," 5 July 2018 After a period of recuperation from surgery, Susan will begin chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Jane Napier Neely, latimes.com, "The Valley Line: Glendale Area Alumnae Panhellenic meets for fundraising luncheon, locals involved in L.A. Zoo’s Beastly Ball," 4 June 2018

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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radiation therapy

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