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How does radiotherapy treatment work?

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Dr. Brian Lawenda
Radiation Oncology

In brief: Damages tumor DNA

Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill cancer cells.
These x-rays interact with water molecules in the cancer cells, creating chemicals (free radicals) which damage its' dna. When tumor cells with damaged dna try to divide, they have a built-in safety mechanism that kicks in (called "apoptosis") leading to cell death.

In brief: Damages tumor DNA

Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill cancer cells.
These x-rays interact with water molecules in the cancer cells, creating chemicals (free radicals) which damage its' dna. When tumor cells with damaged dna try to divide, they have a built-in safety mechanism that kicks in (called "apoptosis") leading to cell death.
Dr. Brian Lawenda
Dr. Brian Lawenda
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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: DNA damage

Radiation deposits energy in the tissues and causes damage to the dna of targeted cancer cells.
This interferes with cancer cell division and ultimately causes cell death when the cell damage is beyond repair.

In brief: DNA damage

Radiation deposits energy in the tissues and causes damage to the dna of targeted cancer cells.
This interferes with cancer cell division and ultimately causes cell death when the cell damage is beyond repair.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
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