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How do gamma rays treat cancer without making people ill?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Targeting

Radiation oncologists are trained to precisely deliver radiation to specific areas.
The goal is to focus the energy on the tumor while limiting how much damaging radiation reaches otherwise healthy tissue. The beams are often arranged at positions to prevent undesirable overlap. Ct scans are usually used to plan exactly how the radiation will be delivered in order to maximize the safety.

In brief: Targeting

Radiation oncologists are trained to precisely deliver radiation to specific areas.
The goal is to focus the energy on the tumor while limiting how much damaging radiation reaches otherwise healthy tissue. The beams are often arranged at positions to prevent undesirable overlap. Ct scans are usually used to plan exactly how the radiation will be delivered in order to maximize the safety.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Kill cancer cells.

Radiation treatment for cancer consists of multiple, concentrated beams of gamma rays directed at the tumor to kill the cancer cells.
These are directed at different angles in order to concentrate the rays on the cancer while minimizing damage to the surrounding normal tissue. They pass through the body, causing dna damage to cells. That's why they are used to treat internal tumors, like brain.

In brief: Kill cancer cells.

Radiation treatment for cancer consists of multiple, concentrated beams of gamma rays directed at the tumor to kill the cancer cells.
These are directed at different angles in order to concentrate the rays on the cancer while minimizing damage to the surrounding normal tissue. They pass through the body, causing dna damage to cells. That's why they are used to treat internal tumors, like brain.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Dr. Joseph Woods
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology

In brief: Gamma rays are a

Single energy from an isotope like cobalt 60, used in the gamma knife.
It is a photon. High energy x-rays are spectral - and these can be delivered by linacs. Sophisticated beam arrangement are done by treatment planning, intensity modulated (imrt) or conformal. Puttng energy into tumor target/avoid tissues that don't need it. Old methods didn't do this.

In brief: Gamma rays are a

Single energy from an isotope like cobalt 60, used in the gamma knife.
It is a photon. High energy x-rays are spectral - and these can be delivered by linacs. Sophisticated beam arrangement are done by treatment planning, intensity modulated (imrt) or conformal. Puttng energy into tumor target/avoid tissues that don't need it. Old methods didn't do this.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology

In brief: Focusing

Gamma rays from multiple sources are focused on the lesion, thus reducing the damage to normal tissues.

In brief: Focusing

Gamma rays from multiple sources are focused on the lesion, thus reducing the damage to normal tissues.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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