Radiation therapy is a common method for the treatment of cancer. It is often performed alongside chemotherapy or surgery to eradicate cancer cells and tumors in the body. There are two common types of radiation, external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) and internal radiation therapy, and each type includes multiple forms and methods. Oncologists will work with the patient to understand the best type and form of radiation.
EBRT treatments involve high-powered x-rays used to destroy the DNA of cancer cells. Internal treatments include providing small amounts of radiation intravenously. Patients may experience side effects such as nausea, tiredness, skin irritation, hair loss, reduced appetite, and headaches.
Radiation therapy is a powerful treatment to give patients the best chance possible following a cancer diagnosis. If you or a loved one has questions about radiation or other cancer treatment methods, please reach out to the team at Schneck.