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What is the most mordern cancer radiation therapy?

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Dr. Raymundo Romero
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
Few Choices: Most patients undergo conventional radiation therapy. Newer modalities include: imrt, cyberknife and proton therapy. The radiation oncologist will be the most appropriate specialist to recommend the type of therapy necessary for each case.
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Dr. Roger Macklis
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Depends who you ask: Modern cancer radiotherapy is continually evolving, and tends to advance in technical as well as biomedical stages. Some would say that proton beam therapy is "the most modern" but there is very limited evidence that this indicates better patient outcomes. Others might say a biologically targeted radiopharmaceutical like radium-223 "alpharadin" is just as advanced but in a different way.
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Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Modern radiation: The first patient was treated with radiation in 1890s.So as you can see its been around a long time.The machines have delivered radiation in a similar energy form since the 1950s(linear accelerator).Proton therapy has been around since the 1960s.The radiation itself has not changed.It is really the planning computers and the diagnostic xray machines that have changed the delivery in the last 30yrs.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

Can radiation therapy cause cancer?

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Dr. Ramji Rajendran
Radiation Oncology 17 years experience
Secondary Cancer: Radiation does cause cancer, but is also used to treat cancer in radiation oncology. The best data for this is from children treated with radiation and followed closely for many years. The data can be murky with other causes of cancer. However, in general, the risk of secondary malignancy is much less than 1% can take up to 20 years to develop. The benefit of radiation far outweighs this risk.
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