Recht, Abram Department of Radiation Oncology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts.
- Radiobiologic basis
- Clinical aspects
- Radiotherapy modalities
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- Future of radiation therapy
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The use of ionizing radiation to treat disease. The method of radiation therapy is also known as radiotherapy and therapeutic radiology. Radiotherapy was widely used in the past to treat diseases of the skin, lymph nodes, and other organs. However, because radiation can cause cancer and because alternative treatments for these diseases have been discovered, radiation therapy is now mainly limited to treating malignant tumors: the medical specialty is called radiation oncology. See also: Oncology; Radiology
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