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Radiation targets and kills cancer cells. An oncologist administers the rays from a machine that attacks the cancer. Radiation schedule may be weekly or multiple times a week depending on your type of cancer. Side effects of radiation may include itching and burning of the skin, depression, and breast pain. Patients usually undergo radiation in conjunction with chemotherapy and hormone therapy.

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What is radiation/radiation therapy? Radiation therapy, in a nutshell, is the use of x-rays to destroy cancer cells.   The terminology around radiation can be confusing. Radiology – not radiation – is the practice of diagnosing disease through the use of x-rays; and radiologists are doctors who specialize in this. A radiologist…

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide, commented on MammoSite: A Survivor's Story Dani, I'm so thankful we're here - still here - to share our experiences. The years going…

07/21/12

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide, commented on Do You Really Need Radiation? Maybe Not. PJ, I like the way you emphasize the importance of making sure the study…

04/15/12

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide, answered Have you heard of painful Radiation… Clare, it's good that you can have a positive attitude about the treatment…

06/19/11

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide, answered side-effects of radiation therapy Hi Shri: Many women experience hardening of the breast tissue right around the area…

05/24/11

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