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Radiation oncology is a medical specialty that involves treating cancer with radiation. Doctors who specialize in treating cancer with radiation (radiation oncologists) use radiation therapy to treat a wide variety of cancers. Radiation therapy uses carefully targeted and regulated doses of high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells. Radiation causes some cancer cells to die immediately after treatment, but most die because the radiation damages the chromosomes and DNA so that the cells can no longer divide and the tumor can't grow. Radiation oncology is one of the three primary specialties, the other two being surgical and medical oncology, involved in the treatment of cancer. Radiation can be given as a curative modality, either alone or in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy. It may also be used palliatively, to relieve symptoms in patients with incurable cancers. Radiation Oncology encompasses all aspects of research that impacts on the treatment of cancer using radiation. It publishes findings in molecular and cellular radiation biology, radiation physics, radiation technology, and clinical oncology.
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A radiation oncologist is a specialist physician who uses ionizing radiation (such as megavoltage X-rays or radionuclides) in the treatment of cancer. Radiation oncology is one of the three primary specialties, the other two being surgical and medical oncology, involved in the treatment of cancer. Radiation can be given as a curative modality, either alone or in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy. A radiation oncologist may also use radiation to treat some benign diseases and benign tumors. In some countries (not the United States), radiotherapy and chemotherapy are controlled by a single oncologist who is a "clinical oncologist". Radiation oncologists work closely with other physicians such as surgical oncologists, interventional radiologists, internal medicine subspecialists, and medical oncologists, as well as medical physicists and technicians as part of the multi-disciplinary cancer team. Radiation oncology is a medical specialty that involves treating cancer with radiation. Doctors who specialize in treating cancer with radiation (radiation oncologists) use radiation therapy to treat a wide variety of cancers.
Radiation therapy is an important tool for treating cancer, and is often used in conjunction with other therapies, such as chemotherapy or tumor-removal surgery.
The main goals of radiation therapy are to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells. While the therapy also will likely injure healthy cells, the damage isn’t permanent. Your normal, noncancerous cells have the ability to recover from radiation therapy. To minimize the effect radiation has on the body, the radiation is targeted only to a specific point(s) in your body.
Radiation therapy can be used during different stages of cancer treatment and for different outcomes. Radiation therapy can be used: 1) to alleviate symptoms in advanced, late-stage cancer, 2) as the primary treatment for cancer, 3) in conjunction with other cancer treatments, 4) to shrink a tumor before surgery, 5) to kill any remaining cancer cells after surgery.
BCC Research (www.bccresearch.com) reveals in its new report on radiation therapy, usage is expected to increase as the incidence of cancer rises. The greatest growth in radiation therapy will be driven by demand in developing countries, particularly in India and China. New techniques have changed the way treatments are planned and doses are delivered. In the 21st century, the frequency of cancer and the suffering often associated with it has significantly raised cancer awareness. Radiation therapy, along with chemotherapy and surgery, is used to treat cancer. It is estimated that radiation therapy is administered to 50% of all cancer patients. The discovery of X-rays and radioactivity lead to the development of radiation therapy treatment techniques. The market for radiotherapy was estimated at $5.8 billion in 2014 and is anticipated to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.7% to $8 billion by 2019.
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