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How to determine the number of radiation treatments a cancer patient gets?

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Dr. Lawrence Hochman
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Several factors: Type of cancer, location, and intent of treatment are all things that we take into account. Often, if the treatment is palliative in nature then a short course of treatment is used to give symptom relief quickly. If a patient is being treated for cure, the course of therapy might easily be 35-40 treatments depending on the type of cancer being treated.
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