Research International Journal of Cancer Therapy and Radiology is a peer-reviewed journal interdisciplinary, online open access journal that encompasses biology, physics and practical radiation oncology of cancer. Journal provides rapid publication of articles in all areas of clinical trial reports and reanalyses, comparative and cost-effectiveness research, medical physics, chemotherapy and health services research are welcome.
Radiology and radiation therapy are critical components to many cancer diagnoses and treatments, but because of their similar names, patients often get confused by what exactly each does for them. Even though the names of the two fields of medicine share the same root, they use dramatically different technologies and techniques and have wholly different purposes. X-rays, CT scans and other diagnostic imaging procedures—all radiology techniques—are used to help locate, stage and diagnose cancers.
Radiation therapy is a treatment that uses high doses of targeted energy to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation therapy is the use of high-energy radiation to damage cancer cells’ DNA and destroys their ability to divide and grow. It may be delivered using machines called accelerators or via radioactive sources placed inside the patient on a temporary or permanent basis.
Radiation therapy can help reduce pain and suffering in patients with advanced cancer. Preparation for radiation therapy is focused on targeting the radiation dose to the cancer as precisely as possible to minimize side effects and avoid damaging normal cells. Imaging tests may be used to help determine the exact shape and location of your tumor and define its boundaries. Your doctor will give you specific instructions based on the type of exam being performed.
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