Radiation therapy is a common cancer treatment that uses high-energy X-rays or particles to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. At Revere Health, we provide external beam radiation therapy, which means the radiation source is external (from outside the body). The radiation is produced by a linear accelerator, a large machine that aims radiation at the cancer. The linear accelerator moves around you without touching you.
It is important to note the following regarding radiation treatments:
Radiation therapy can be used:
Radiation therapy kills cancer cells by either damaging their DNA directly or by creating charged particles (called free radicals) within the cells that can, in turn, damage the DNA. When the DNA of cancer cells is damaged beyond repair, the cells stop dividing or die outright. When the damaged cells die, they are broken down and eliminated by the body’s natural processes.