A 47-year-old member asked:
What is the difference between radiography and radiation therapy for cancer?
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Diagnose vs treat: Radiography means using x-ray beams to create an image that helps diagnose diseases including cancer. Chest x-rays and ct scans are common examples. Radiation therapy uses much higher powered radiation beams that are focused on cancer tumors. These radiation beams are designed to kill the cancer cells.
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Radiation Oncology 24 years experience
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Can radiation therapy cause cancer?
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Radiation Oncology 16 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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