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As per available reports about 11 relevant journals, 13 Conferences, 31 workshops are presently dedicated exclusively to radiation therapy and about 2,070 articles are being published on radiation therapy.
Radiation therapy is commonly applied to the cancerous tumor because of its ability to control cell growth. Ionizing radiation works by damaging the DNA of cancerous tissue leading to cellular death. To spare normal tissues (such as skin or organs which radiation must pass through to treat the tumor), shaped radiation beams are aimed from several angles of exposure to intersect at the tumor, providing a much larger absorbed dose there than in the surrounding, healthy tissue. Besides the tumour itself, the radiation fields may also include the draining lymph nodes if they are clinically or radiologically involved with tumor, or if there is thought to be a risk of subclinical malignant spread. It is necessary to include a margin of normal tissue around the tumor to allow for uncertainties in daily set-up and internal tumor motion. These uncertainties can be caused by internal movement (for example, respiration and bladder filling) and movement of external skin marks relative to the tumor position.
Radiation oncology is the medical specialty concerned with prescribing radiation, and is distinct from radiology, the use of radiation in medical imaging and diagnosis. Radiation may be prescribed by a radiation oncologist with intent to cure ("curative") or for adjuvant therapy. It may also be used as palliative treatment (where cure is not possible and the aim is for local disease control or symptomatic relief) or as therapeutic treatment (where the therapy has survival benefit and it can be curative). It is also common to combine radiation therapy with surgery, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, immunotherapy or some mixture of the four. Most common cancer types can be treated with radiation therapy in some way.
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The radiation therapy market totaled $5.4 billion in 2013 and $5.8 billion in 2014. The market is expected to reach $8.1 billion in 2019, a compound annual growth rate(CAGR) of 6.7%.
Companies: Anti cancer drug producing companies
• Johnson & Johnson
• Merck & Co.
• Bristol-Myers Squibb
• Merck KGaA
• Biogen Idec
• Kyowa Hakko Kirin
• Gilead Sciences
• PDL BioPharma
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