Cancers Treated in Radiation Medicine

Radiation therapy is safely and effectively used to treat many different types of tumors, both cancerous and benign (non-cancerous). Provided below is more specific information on some cancers commonly treated with radiation.

 


 

Brain Tumors

The brain is the center of thought, memory, emotion, speech, sensation and motor function. Brain tumors cause damage because as they grow they can interfere with surrounding cells that serve vital roles in our everyday life.


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Breast Cancer

An estimated 184,450 people in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. Deaths from breast cancer have been declining, due to early detection and improvements in treatment. 

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Colorectal Cancers

Colorectal cancer includes malignant or cancerous tumors of the colon and/or the rectum. This year, about 147,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer. The disease affects men and women equally.


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Gynecologic Cancers

Gynecologic cancers include cancer of the uterus, ovaries, cervix, vagina, vulva and Fallopian tubes. According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 83,000 women per year are diagnosed with some form of gynecologic or GYN cancer.

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Head and Neck Cancers

This year, about 62,000 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx and thyroid. Rates of head and neck cancer are nearly twice as high in men and are greatest in men over age 50.

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Hodgkins Lymphoma

The lymphatic system is a network of thin tubular vessels that branches out to almost all parts of the body; the job of the lymphatic system is to fight infection and disease. Cancer of the lymphatic system is called lymphoma. Hodgkins is one of two main types of lymphoma.

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Lung Cancer

 

According to the American Cancer Society, this year nearly 175,000 Americans will learn they have lung cancer. Lung cancer treatment depends on several factors, including the type and size of the cancer, its location, and your overall health. Typically, several different treatments and combinations of treatments will be used to combat lung cancer.

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Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma

The lymphatic system is a network of thin tubular vessels that branches out to almost all parts of the body; the job of the lymphatic system is to fight infection and disease. Cancer involving the lymphatic system is called lymphoma. Non-Hodgkins is one of two main types of lymphoma, with Hodgkins lymphoma (or Hodgkins disease) the other.

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Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the United States. There are several different approaches for the treatment of prostate cancer, and the decision process  for the patient can be overwhelming.


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Skin Cancer

The skin is the body's largest organ; it is also the most exposed organ to sunlight and other forms of harmful ultraviolet rays. If caught and treated early, most skin cancers can be cured.


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Last Update

July 12, 2011
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