Articles Tagged ‘radiation’

New options and benefits regarding breast cancer treatment presented at ASCO

Sentinel lymph node biopsy. First of three panel illustration showing radioactive substance and/or blue dye is injected near the tumor, the injected material is followed visually or with a probe, and the first lymph nodes to take up the material are removed and checked for cancer cells.

Results from four separate clinical trials presented at ASCO this year should change clinical practice and could spare many women the side effects of some common cancer therapies.

Radiation Therapy

Lattice face masks sitting on patient bed prior to radiation therapy

Radiation therapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses beams or particles of energy to kill cancer cells and/or reduce tumor size. Radiation therapy damages cells by affecting the genetic material that controls how cells grow and divide. Even though healthy cells are sometimes destroyed during radiation therapy, the ultimate goal is to target cancerous cells only.

Radiation Therapy for Cancer at NCI

Lattice face masks sitting on patient bed prior to radiation therapy

Aradhana Kaushal, M.D., is a staff clinician in NCI’s Radiation Oncology Branch and her work focuses on radiation treatment for prostate and pediatric cancers. Benchmarks talked with Dr. Kaushal about radiation therapy and discussed some of the techniques that are being studied at NIH.