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Radiation Therapy for Cervical Cancer

  • Amy Scholten, MPH
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Radiation Therapy for Cervical Cancer

Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to destroy cancer cells. The doctor will make a treatment plan for the patient. The goal is to try to destroy as much cancer as possible. It is also to reduce harm to healthy tissue. Radiation therapy may be used with other treatments.

Radiation of a Tumor.

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There are different types of radiation therapy. External beam and brachytherapy are the most common ones for cervical cancer.

External Beam Radiation

Radiation is produced by a machine outside the body. Short bursts of x-rays are aimed at the cancer. In general, radiation therapy is given 5 days per week for 5 to 6 weeks.


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  • Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
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