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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 Understanding Radiation Kathy, it doesn't make sense to me that it might be "too late" for radiation. Breast cancer can…

04/29/11

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide, answered Radiation Side Affects? Confused and… Nettie, I'm so glad we can help you, in any small way possible. Thanks for…

03/24/11

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide, answered How soon after chemo can you wait for… You should be able to work that out.  Just check with your doctor…

03/06/11

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide, answered Ask a question...I am currently having… Shaorn, there's no such thing as "normal" when you're having cancer…

01/23/11

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